The murder trial of Dr. Hsiu-Ying "Lisa" Tseng has come to its finish. LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that Dr. Tseng has been sentenced to thirty years to life in prison for the second degree murder of three of her patients. [LBN previously reported on the case from the perspective of Dr. Tseng’s lawyer.] Dr. Tseng is the first doctor in the U.S. to be convicted of murder for recklessly prescribing drugs.
Dr. Tseng’s practice was characterized by some as a “pill mill” operation in which she prescribed large amounts of “addictive and dangerous” drugs to patients who didn’t need them. At trial, prosecutors talked about nine overdose deaths in less than three years that were associated with Tseng’s practice.
Tseng’s conviction comes at a time when the U.S. is struggling with an epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Tseng’s attorney, Tracy Green, told the court that it was not fair to blame Tseng alone for what happened. “Lisa Tseng is here as one piece of a puzzle that affected a lot of individuals’ lives.” Green said that the conviction will be appealed.
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