Austin doctor gets nearly 6 years in drug case


A federal judge in Austin on Monday sentenced Dr. David James Jacoby.

The 63-year-old physician in April pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Prosecutors say the case involved distribution of hydrocodone.

The defense has said Jacoby is a recovering drug addict whose medical license was suspended last year.

The body of 24-year-old Brandon Jacoby was discovered in late 2010 in the home he shared with his father. The son was on probation for a drug crime. Investigators say the emergency room doctor wrote unlawful prescriptions to people who knew his son and the scam resulted in the death.

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