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Pill mill 'doctor' awaits sentencing

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Published:   |   Updated: July 11, 2013 at 08:19 AM

BROOKSVILLE - For the second day in a row, Lynn Hutchinson appeared before Judge Anthony Tatti.

Hutchinson, 47, has attended court this week in a wheelchair, breathing with the help of an oxygen tank and a surgical mask covering her nose and mouth.

Hutchinson was arrested in 2011 after a lengthy sheriff's office investigation found her posing as a doctor, and working with Dr. Harold Sleight at Spring Hill's Hope Pain Management Group, described by many as a pill mill.

Court documents show that Hutchinson introduced herself to an undercover detective as "Dr. Lynn Hutchinson," and wrote him an MRI referral.

Sleight pleaded no contest in April to 12 felony counts, among them trafficking in controlled substances and principal to practicing medicine without a license. Sleight was sentenced to 10 years drug offender probation and ordered to pay more than $100,000 in fines.

Assistant State Prosecutor Sonny McCathran previously said Hutchinson agreed to plead no contest to the 12 felony counts against her, and serve a minimum mandatory sentence of one year and one day in prison, followed by 10 years of drug offender probation.

"The most important condition is she is not permitted to own a business related to, and/or work in, the health care or medical field," McCathran said.

Both state prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed on Wednesday that Hutchinson's health has deteriorated since she agreed to the plea deal.

Assistant State Attorney Michael Conageski said Hutchinson's attorneys were hoping their client could avoid prison time due to her medical issues.

The State Attorney's Office will be reviewing Hutchinson's medical records before her next hearing, set for Aug. 8.

wbiddlecombe@hernandotoday.com

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