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Doctor Gets 30 Years to Life in Overdose Case

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Friday, 05 Feb 2016 03:47 PM

A Southern California doctor was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on Friday for over-prescribing drugs that caused the fatal overdose of three patients in a murder case capped by the first conviction of its kind in the United States.

The case against Dr. Hsiu Ying "Lisa" Tseng, 46, comes amid what public health officials describe as a national epidemic of drug abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said the trend is fueling nearly 17,000 overdoes deaths annually, as well as a rise in heroin addiction.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury convicted Tseng, an osteopath who specialized in internal medicine, of three counts of second-degree murder after deliberating for nine days in October.

She was also found guilty of 19 counts of unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Under the sentence imposed by Superior Court Judge George Lomeli, Tseng must serve at least 30 years in prison before she is eligible for parole.

Prosecutors said the conviction, which capped a six-week trial, marked the first time in which a U.S. physician was found guilty of murder for over-prescribing drugs.

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A California doctor was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for over-prescribing drugs that caused the fatal overdose of three patients in a murder case capped by the first conviction of its kind in the United States.
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