Judge Gives Hospitalized Man No Reprieve on Prison

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal judge in Kansas is not moved by pleas for a temporary medical reprieve for a hospitalized Oklahoma physician convicted in an Internet pharmacy case.

U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown on Friday denied Dr. Wilbur Hilst's request for a second extension on his prison reporting date. Hilst must report to prison on Monday. He was convicted of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute prescription drugs.

The 76-year-old retired doctor from Wewoka, Okla., is hospitalized after a pacemaker was put in earlier this week. His attorneys had asked the federal judge in Wichita for more time for him to recuperate.

His defense attorney John Coyle assured the judge that Hilst will report, after the judge asked if he would need to send the U.S. Marshals Service to arrest him.

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