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Utah doctor in pill case starts prison sentence

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Prison officials are confirming that a Brigham City doctor has started his 20-year sentence on federal drug charges.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Prison officials are confirming that a Brigham City doctor has started his 20-year sentence on federal drug charges.

The 64-year-old doctor, Dewey C. MacKay III, showed up Tuesday at Federal Correctional Institution in Terminal Island, Calif., a prison near the Los Angeles Harbor.

A jury convicted MacKay in September of illegally distributing painkillers. Authorities say he saw 80 to 120 patients a day and dispensed millions of pills over the years.

MacKay also was convicted in a drug overdose death. One of his patients, a 55-year-old rocket scientist, died three days after filling prescriptions from MacKay in 2006.

Prosecutors say MacKay was supposed to show up Monday but a sealed court order gave him an extra day to arrive at the prison.

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