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Judge upholds sentence for Brigham City doctor

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A federal judge has upheld a sentence of three years for a Brigham City doctor convicted of illegally prescribing prescription drugs to patients.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that prosecutors asked the judge to reconsider, arguing the sentence for Dewey MacKay was not enough. But at a hearing Tuesday in Salt Lake City, U.S. District Judge Dee Benson stuck to his decision.

Benson originally sentenced the 66-year-old MacKay to 20 years after a jury found him guilty in 2011 of illegally distributing painkillers, including to one man who died after taking the drugs.

MacKay appealed and the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to Benson. Benson then ruled the mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years for the patient’s death was no longer required after a Supreme Court ruling.