By Alfa · Jul 24, 2005 · ·
  1. Alfa

    He's Also Convicted Of Racketeering They stood one by one, more than a dozen people, heaping praise on their beloved former family physician Dr.

    Denis Deonarine.

    They lauded the 60-year-old Jupiter doctor for being an old-fashioned practitioner who gave patients his home phone number and spent a lot of time with them during office visits.

    Near the end of Deonarine's three-hour sentencing on 10 counts, including trafficking in oxycodone, racketeering and Medicaid fraud, the teary-eyed doctor addressed the court and begged Circuit Judge Richard Wennet for "mercy, leniency and empathy."

    The Trinidad native said he dedicated his life to his patients, calling medicine "my love, my hobby, my life, my career."

    "It cost me two divorces," the doctor said. "I worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I took my own calls."

    Any possible mistakes, he said, were unintentional.

    "Please, look at some of the good things I have done in my life."

    But in the end, the judge had no choice but to give Deonarine 25 years in prison, the minimum mandatory sentence for trafficking more than 28 grams of the painkiller oxycodone. Deonarine was also ordered to pay $550,000 in fines.

    Two vastly different views of Deonarine emerged on Friday. Prosecutor Barbara Burns said the doctor may have entered medicine with good intentions, but greed took over when he began focusing on pain management in mid-2000.

    At his May trial, she blamed Deonarine for the 2001 overdose death of college student Michael Labzda, who went to Deonarine complaining of back and toe pain and was prescribed OxyContin without any tests. The jury acquitted Deonarine of murder and 74 other counts, but convicted him on 10.

    Deonarine apologized to the Labzda family on Friday.

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  1. sands of time
    Man, that is a very harsh sentance. They are really goin after these doctors these days. I would not be suprised if doctors begin undertreating pain.
  2. unico_walker
    They are already, I have a family member who has fibromyalgia and a
    severely fucked up spine from a dragging accident. Even with several
    and ongoing surgeries it is a fight to get painkillers. He was already
    dropped like a hot potato by one physician after he asked to be moved
    off fentynal patches since he felt they had addicted him. Its fucked up
    out there and only getting worse.

    Having been to Trinidad I can see why this guy wasn't prepared for the
    hell the DEA can inflict, they don't even have schedules below 1 down
    there, everything is OTC.
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