Los Angeles doctor falls, knocks over lawyer after getting 2 years for illegal prescriptions


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LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles doctor fell backward and knocked over his attorney when he was sentenced to two years in jail for illegally prescribing prescription drugs.

Paramedics took 69-year-old Dr. Yahya Hedvat from the courtroom on a stretcher after the Thursday sentencing. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the episode.

Judge Dennis Landin sentenced the doctor to another five years but that part of the sentence was suspended and will instead be spent on probation.

Hedvat pleaded no contest in November to 11 counts of prescribing hydrocodone, clonazepam and other powerful narcotics to patients without conducting proper examinations.

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