The 11th District Federal Court of Appeals in Atlanta has tossed out the life sentences imposed on a Panama City physician Dr. Freddie J. Williams.
From 1999 to 2003, Williams, thru his clinic, prescribed Oxycodone and other pain killers to known drug addicts without any medical justification.
Two of his patients died. In 2004, he was convicted on more than 90 federal charges, including 56 counts of illegally dispensing narcotics. He was handed two life terms for the deaths of those patients.
He also received sentences ranging from five years to 20 years on the other convictions. Williams was sentenced under federal court mandatory sentencing guidelines, and last year, those guidelines were tossed out by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Atlanta court upheld all of Dr. Williams’ convictions, but ordered a new sentencing.
Williams still must pay more than $2 million in restitution.