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May 1, 2013 9:37 AM

Judge Rejects New Trial For Pain Clinic Owner

(AP) - A Louisiana businessman serving 15 years in federal prison for distributing oxycodone and methadone illegally through pain clinics in eastern Kentucky has lost his bid for a new trial.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove ruled that there is "sufficient evidence" to support the jury's guilty verdict in the case of 47-year-old Michael D. Leman of Slidell, La. A jury in Lexington found Leman guilty in March 2012 of using pain clinics in Kentucky's Appalachian region to distribute medications to bogus patients.

Van Tatenhove also ordered Leman to pay $1 million in restitution to an agency handling crime victim compensation and one dealing with substance abuse.

Leman is housed at Forrest City Correctional Complex in Forrest City, Ark. He has appealed to U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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