Central Islip - (WALK) The Great Neck doctor accused of illegally supplying addictive painkillers to the couple responsible for the Medford Pharmacy Massacre of 2011 will avoid a life sentence in exchange for a guilty plea Monday to lesser, according to Federal prosecutors.
Under terms of a plea bargain announced Thursday charges against Eric Jacobson associated with the Medford Massacre will be dropped. Instead Jacobson will plead guilty to 19 counts of illegally distributing drugs after losing his Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration.
Jacobson will be sentenced to between seven and nine years behind bars Monday. He had faced up to 20 years in prison for 162 criminal charges essentially a life sentence.
Prosecutors say Jacobson supplied David Laffer and his wife Melinda Brady with as many as 3,720 pills between August of 2010 and June 2011. Laffer shot and killed four people during a robbery at Haven Drugs in Medford on Father's Day in June of 2011. His wife and fellow-addict Brady helped plan the robbery and drove their getaway car.
Jacobson was one of five doctors on Long Island arrested after the fatal pharmacy robbery. Prosecutors say he was among the most-prolific prescribers of oxycodone in New York State, raking-in between $12,000 to $20,000 per day in cash from addicted clients at his office on Northern Boulevard in Great Neck.
Laffer was serving a life sentence at Dannemora state prison, Brady a 25-year sentence at the women's state prison in Bedford Hills. Both were moved to a federal jail near New York City in February in preparation for Jacobson's trial.