Convicted Perry physician sentenced to 30 years in prison

Convicted Perry physician Spurgeon Green Jr., implicated in the death of one of his patients, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison.

A jury convicted Green Nov. 6 of wrongfully prescribing medications that led to the serious bodily injury of a patient who died under his care.

Green, 70, was also convicted of 32 counts of postdating prescriptions and 12 other counts of wrongfully prescribing medications. During the trial, federal prosecutors described his Perry practice as a “pill mill.”

Green declined to make a statement to the court at his sentencing hearing this morning before U.S. District Judge C. Ashley Royal.

Stephen Scarborough, an Atlanta attorney representing Green at the hearing and on appeal, asked the judge to depart from the sentencing guidelines based on the least amount Green was required to serve for the convictions, which Scarborough said was 20 years. The maximum Green could have received was life in prison.

Scarborough noted Green’s past military service, his age, the adoption of two grandchildren and the totality of his life that Scarborough said was marked by Green’s caring for people.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kolman, the lead prosecutor, asked the judge to send a message to Green and other physicians and on behalf of the victims and their families that “you cannot do this heinous thing ... and get away with it.”

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To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.