A doctor out of Brownfield has been sentenced to 5 years in prison after admitting to prescribing controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose.

Court records say that Dr. Dennis Tedford admitted to prescribing high quantities of hydrocodone along with Xanax, alprazolam and carisoprodol. KAMC News reports that two people overdosed from prescription drugs prescribed by Tedford.

Despite friends, family and past patients appearing to court to show their support for the doctor, saying things like him being "slow to anger and quick to help those in need" and "I believe in him the way he believes in myself and my family," Judge James Wesley Hendrix said that choices were made by Tedord.

Along with the 5 years of prison time, Tedford was ordered to pay $5,000 imposed by the court as well as $70,000 of community restitution.

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