[See also: "Dr. Klees Sentenced"
JET-TV News item;
air date: 1/25/2005
"Erie Doctor [Heberle]
Investigated by DEA & Attorney General"
News item; air date: 4/13/2005]
Dr. David Klees was sentenced Tuesday to 13 and a half to 44 years in jail, for
over-prescribing painkillers to his patients.
The healer turned into a dealer. That's how prosecutors described Dr. David
Klees in late 1999 and early 2000.
It was a mighty fall from one of society's most honored professions. 46-year-old
Dr. David Klees was found guilty of recklessly prescribing powerful painkillers
for even the slightest aches.
He's charged on 12 counts in all including, risking lives, creating addicts and
trading drugs for favors.
"The plan was simply to prescribe prescriptions, and to throw very heavy
prescriptions very early in the game, and in consequence," said Doug Wright,
Deputy Attorney General. "He did this without any addiction liability or worse,
and somebody with a legitimate pain complaint could find themselves addicted
Defense attorneys did not comment, but clearly, they were not pleased at how
severe the sentence was...proof that prosecutors are ready to treat drug dealers
seriously, even the ones who went to medical school.