The following article was written by The Associated Press:
NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — The personal doctor to a professional wrestler who killed himself, his wife and their 7-year-old son was sentenced to 10 years in prison for illegally distributing prescription drugs to patients.
Dr. Phil Astin was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty Jan. 29 to a 175-count federal indictment.
Wrestler Chris Benoit killed his family and then himself in 2007 in their suburban Atlanta home. A medical examiner couldn’t say whether the steroids Astin prescribed for Benoit played a role in the deaths.
U.S. District Judge Jack Camp said there was no doubt the 54-year-old Astin tried to help hundreds of patients at his western Georgia clinic. But the judge said he could not overlook the fact that at least two patients died as a result of Astin’s misconduct.