LONDON, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky man has been sentenced to life in prison for distributing prescription painkillers resulting in a woman’s death in 2011.
The U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Kentucky said it’s the first life sentence in Kentucky in a prescription drug overdose death case.
U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell also sentenced 55-year-old Terry Smith of Clay County on Thursday to 30 years for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and 10 years for illegal firearms possession. Smith’s 53-year-old wife, Gerry, was sentenced to 7 ½ years for conspiring to distribute oxycodone.
A jury convicted them in January.
Prosecutors said Patty Smallwood and others traveled to Georgia to obtain painkiller prescriptions for Terry Smith, who gave them some of the pills. A toxicology report after Smallwood’s death showed four times the therapeutic level of oxycodone in her system.