Topeka Doctor Sentenced To 32 Months in Prison For Patient Death

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A former Topeka physician has been sentenced to 32 months in prison for the death of a woman he was treating for Lyme disease using an unauthorized method.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys had recommended probation for John Toth. He pleaded no contest in November to a reckless involuntary manslaughter charge in the 2006 death of Beverly Wunder.

But Shawnee County District Judge Jan Leuenberger rejected the suggestion yesterday. He said that the reasons given to avoid a prison sentence for Toth were ``pale'' next to the damage to Wunder. He also ordered that Toth be jailed immediately.

The sentence stunned Toth and a packed courtroom of family and friends.


Toth treated Wunder and another Lyme disease patient by giving them intravenous infusions of a ``heavy metal'' known as bismuth, which has not been approved for such a use. Wunder died a year after receiving at least a second infusion of bismuth.

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