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Kauai doctor sentenced to 12 years for prescription abuse

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:55 a.m. HST, Mar 01, 2012

A federal judge sentenced former Kauai physician Harold C. Spear III today to 12 and a half years in prison for unlawfully prescribing powerful pain medication to people here and on the mainland based solely on telephone conversations with them.

U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra ordered Spear, 60, to begin serving his 151-month prison term immediately because he feels Spear poses a substantial risk of fleeing due to his age, length of sentence and prior behavior.

Spear also faces sentencing in state court next week for pre-signing hundreds of blank prescription forms.

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kaleki wrote:
About time. He should have got 20 years.
on March 1,2012 | 11:57AM
Anonymous wrote:
12 years at his age is effectively Life in prison.
on March 1,2012 | 01:29PM
cojef wrote:
"Hippocratic Oath" went out the window with this slime, posing as a doctor of medicine. Sad.
on March 1,2012 | 01:37PM
Anonymous wrote:
How many patients overdosed I wonder...
on March 1,2012 | 01:40PM
kaleki wrote:
I heard at least three overdoses. He was also a flight risk and judge made sure that he wouldn't leave. Federal time means at least 80% of his sentence will have to be served. And, given the length of his sentence, he will have to spend it on the mainland.
on March 1,2012 | 06:26PM
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