On July 18, 2014, a sentencing hearing was held for Dr. Damien Newhart. In exchange for his guilty plea to one count of Forging or Altering Prescriptions, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 5 years probation. This light sentence was handed down despite 44 other counts of the same violation, all of which were dismissed, and his track record of civil violations as measured by the large number of judgments against him. Also despite the fact that at the time of the violations, he was on probation for a Grand Theft conviction.
Clearly, little more than a slap on the wrist to the man who brought so much misery into so many lives. It’s a shame that the community impact of the drug habit which brought him into this courtroom was not recognized during his sentencing.