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10 Years for Doc in Pain Pill Case

Central Islip (WALK) - A judge has thrown the book at a Long Island doctor who illegally prescribed pain pills for addicts and, the judge said, showed no remorse.

Dr. Leonard Stambler was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday. Stambler, 63, was found guilty of conspiring to distribute oxycodone, a powerful prescription painkiller that is chemically similar to heroin. Prosecutors say Stambler wrote prescriptions for patients even after knowing they were addicted to the pills or selling them to others.

The Baldwin Harbor physician was given just one month less than the maximum recommended under sentencing guidelines. He asked for leniency before the sentencing, claiming he was in ill health, but U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Bianco said that Stambler was essentially a drug dealer, and a message needed to be sent to other doctors.

Stambler was one of the first doctors to stand trial following a crackdown that was prompted by the 2011 Medford Pharmacy Massacre, committed by a pain pill addict who turned to crime after he had trouble getting enough pills from doctors to feed his addiction.

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