Former Georgia doctor guilty of distributing painkillers

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A former Georgia doctor has pleaded guilty to conspiring to illegally distribute painkillers in Kentucky.

The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Kentucky says 58-year-old Michael Johnston admitted he conspired with the owner of a Georgia pain clinic to distribute thousands of prescription pills to Kentuckians.

Johnston was in federal court in London on Thursday. The plea agreement calls for Johnston to spend 10 years in prison.

He admitted that he conspired with Tucker, Georgia, pain clinic owner Joel Shumrak to illegally distribute oxycodone and Xanax to residents of several Kentucky counties and Lexington and Louisville in 2011.

Johnston will be sentenced on Jan. 12.


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