After 13 days of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in the drug conspiracy trial against defendants Howard K. Stern, Dr. Kristine Eroshevich and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor. The jury alerted Judge Perry that they reached a decision and read the verdicts yesterday afternoon. The jury first announced the acquittal of Dr. Sandeep Kapoor on all charges. Shortly after, the jury announced that Howard K. Stern had been found guilty on two felony counts of conspiracy – giving false names and acting by fraud to obtain prescriptions. Smith’s psychiatrist Dr. Khristine Eroshevich was convicted of the same two conspiracy charges and was also found guilty on two additional charges of “prescribing and furnishing sedatives and opiates to an addict.”
Sentencing for Stern and Eroshevich is scheduled for January 6, 2011. A spokeswoman from the District Attorney’s office indicated that “both defendants are looking at possible maximum of at least three years in state prison.”
Stay tuned for more analysis on the case and this interesting verdict!