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Hutchison to serve 52 months

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By Becky Barnes

Local businessman Richard Hutchison will spend at least 85 percent of a 52-month sentence in a federal prison and will have to pay a $12,500 fine for his role in a Florida-Kentucky pill mill. Once his jail time his served, he’ll have to serve another three years on supervised release.

Hutchison was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Lexington on Monday after changing his plea to guilty on a charge of conspiracy to distribute a quantity of pills containing Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance in June.

Hutchison faced a federal indictment after he sold 50 pills to a confidential informant, working at the direction of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Kentucky State Police (KSP).

Hutchison was arrested in February.

In June, Hutchison entered into a plea agreement where he admitted to selling the Oxycodone pills, known as Perc 30s.

According to court documents, Hutchison provided investigators with names of those involved with him in the distribution of drugs.

Hutchison acknowledged to the court that he was responsible for conspiring to distribute 679 Oxycodone, 300 milligram pills, which is a marijuana equivalency of 136.47 kilograms.

 Hutchison told federal law enforcement officials that he paid his brother, Oscar, for Oxycodone that Oscar received through a prescription from Florida. Hutchison also admitted to obtaining Oxycodone pills from other individuals in the central Kentucky area.