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Feds seek prison term for gun toting ex-doctor

Published on -1/30/2014, 10:28 AM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors want a former Kansas doctor convicted of illegally possessing drugs and a gun to be sent back to prison for 10 years.

In a filing Wednesday, the government requested the maximum allowable sentence for former Goddard physician Lawrence M. Simons.

Simons was convicted last year of being a felon in possession of a firearm for giving a bail bondsman a pistol as partial payment in an unrelated domestic dispute. He was also convicted of unlawfully possessing controlled substances.

Prosecutors also want to tack on another 10 months for violating conditions of his release on a 2009 conviction for unlawfully distributing controlled substances.

The government cited incidents it contends show a person willing to intimidate and resort to violence to get what he wants.

Sentencing is Feb. 10.

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