Doctor sentenced in overprescribing case

KOKOMO, Ind. (WLFI) – The doctor who pleaded guilty for overprescribing drugs to patients has been sentenced.

Don Wagoner, 78, received 30 years in the case. He was sentenced to two years in prison, eight years of home detention and 20 years probation for overprescribing drugs from clinics in Kokomo and Burlington. Wagoner received a plea deal in late May, pleading guilty to seven felony drug dealing charges.

Dozens of people filled the courtroom Wednesday to hear the sentencing including families like Dustin Noonkester’s who said they’ve lost loved ones because of Wagoner’s actions. There were also dozens of people who support Wagoner there like longtime coworker Andy Atkinson.

“Don’s an honorable man,” Atkinson said about Wagoner. “He’s always done what was right. He kept good records, tried to follow the law. He’s 78 years old. I don’t understand and never committed a crime. I just find it hard that he needs to be in prison.”

“That’s not nearly long enough in my opinion, but one of the things I’ve very excited about is that he will no longer be a doctor ever again,” Noonkester said about Wagoner’s sentencing. “That’s very reassuring to me and a lot of other families as well.”

 

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