Reno doctor charged in pill mill case pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Robert Gene Rand (Photo: Washoe County Jail)

A Reno doctor charged with taking part in a prescription drug distribution ring has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance.

Dr. Robert Rand, 54, was arrested last year and originally charged with distributing a controlled substance resulting in serious bodily injury or death, among other charges.

He previously pleaded not guilty to the nine charges in June, and a trial was due to begin on July 25.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney in Nevada confirmed that Rand had changed his plea in court Monday afternoon to the charges of involuntary manslaughter of a patient and unlawfully distributing oxycodone.

Rand admitted in his plea agreement to prescribing an excessive amount of oxycodone to a patient without a legitimate medical purpose, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for Nevada. The patient ultimately died from oxycodone intoxication.

He also prescribed a total of 23,645 oxycodone 30 mg pills to another patient over a five-year period without a medical purpose, along with a number of other opioids, the U.S. Attorney said in a statement.

Eight other people were part of the alleged ring. Richie West Jr. previously pleaded guilty to charges of possession and distribution back in February.

Rand's sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 23 in a Reno federal courtroom. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison for the manslaughter charge and a maximum of 20 years for the drug charge.

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