Reno doctor in pill mill case sentenced to 10 years in prison
The Reno doctor behind an illegal drug ring has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Dr. Robert Rand, 54, was sentenced in federal court on Monday, November 20., following a court hearing that lasted hours.
His sentence also carries a $25,000 fine and $11,960 in restitution to the family of Michael Yenick, whose death resulted in the manslaughter charge. He will be subject to three years of supervised release after his sentence ends.
"According to the plea agreement, Rand admitted that he acted with gross negligence by prescribing an excessive amount of oxycodone to a patient in reckless regard for the patient’s life," the U.S. Attorney's office for Nevada said in a statement.
Rand faced up to 20 years for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and eight years for an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Federal and local law enforcement officers first raided the Jones-West Ford dealership on Kietzke Lane on April 28, 2016.
Later that day, police searched Richie West's home south of Reno in the Saddlehorn subdivision, along with several other locations associated with the investigation.
What unfolded was a massive pill mill, allegedly orchestrated by Dr. Rand, who was arrested the following day in San Francisco.
Over a five-year period, Rand illegally prescribed nearly 24,000 pills of oxycodone, a powerful and addictive painkiller, to one patient, along with other opioids.
The death of Yenick, a former Nevada football player, was linked back to the drug ring. Yenick was 33 when he overdosed in October 2015.
The Yenick family released a statement Monday after Rand's sentencing, saying it "marks the end of a very difficult and trying two years," and that the prison time Rand received "brings us no joy."
"The only comfort we take from today's hearing is the knowledge that Mr. Rand cannot continue to recklessly prescribe opioids from a prison cell," the statement reads.
Richie West, another key figure in the illicit drug ring, is scheduled to be sentenced on December 4.
The other seven people charged in connection with the prescription drug ring have all pleaded guilty as well, and they await sentencing, according to federal prosecutors.