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CODY - A former doctor from Lovell has been sentenced to three years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to the illegal distribution of painkillers.

Dr. Joseph Baumstarck Jr. was arrested in May at his Strong Tree Clinic in Lovell and was charged with 10 counts related to distribution of painkillers without a legitimate medical purpose.

As part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, Baumstarck pleaded guilty to a single count of distribution of hydrocodone. The remaining counts were dropped.

He was sentenced last month in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne by Judge Alan B. Jones.

Baumstarck must pay a $250 fine and $100 in court costs.

If convicted of all 10 counts, which had included charges of distribution of oxycodone to a person under 21, Baumstarck could have faced 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine, according to the indictment.

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The Wyoming Board of Medicine in June suspended his license.

Sentencing documents state that the terms of his probation require that Baumstarck must submit to DNA collection and undergo psychological evaluation and treatment, if required by his probation supervisor.

His probation will be supervised by a district in Kentucky, where Baumstarck has moved to attend school, according to John Powell, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Powell said the move was made with the approval of the judge.

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