PLEA DEAL: Doctor Makes Agreement In Drug Death

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A Newton doctor pled guilty Friday to one count of health care fraud and one count of illegally dispensing a controlled substance resulting in death.

Layfayette Twyner prescribed hydrocodone to a patient he knew was addicted to the pain killer. That patient ended up overdosing.

Twyner was originally charged with more than a hundred counts of health care fraud and illegally dispensing narcotics.

He now faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, but the plea agreement calls for five.

Twyner will be sentenced may 29th.