Dr. Kostenko has change of heart, enters guilty plea

BECKLEY, WV (BY: KATE WHITE, CHARLESTON GAZETTE MAIL) — After watching jurors listen to the testimony of a former patient Tuesday, a Raleigh County doctor pleaded guilty to distributing oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose — a deal he backed out of with federal prosecutors last month.

“Have you had a change of heart?” U.S. District Judge Irene Berger asked Dr. Michael Kostenko, whose trial began Friday with jury selection.

Kostenko faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence for the charge. Berger set a sentencing hearing for Aug. 23.

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