Spine surgeon Dr. Johnny Benjamin found guilty, faces possibility of life in prison


A jury found Vero Beach, Fla., spine surgeon Johnny Benjamin, MD, guilty of five counts of felony, the Sebastian Daily reports.

Dr. Benjamin was charged with illegal drug distribution. Investigators also charged the surgeon with providing a painkiller laced with fentanyl and caused the death of woman in 2016.

Two Drug Enforcement Administration informants pled guilty to selling prescriptions and counterfeit painkillers for Dr. Benjamin. Both informants worked with the prosecution to convict Dr. Benjamin, admitting they helped build Dr. Benjamin's supply of illegal drugs.

The jury reached a verdict after the week-long trial. Dr. Benjamin will remain in federal custody until his July 6 sentencing hearing. He faces the possibility of life in prison.

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