DRUG OVERDOSE: Newton Doctor Sentenced To 5 Years

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A Newton doctor has been sentenced after pleading guilty 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 originally faced more than a hundred counts of health care fraud and illegally dispensing narcotics, which could have resulted in a life sentence. But he took a plea deal and will spend five years in federal prison.

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