- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) - A former western Pennsylvania doctor serving seven to 15 years in prison for trading prescription drugs for sex with two female patients must be resentenced.

The Superior Court says an Indiana County judge wrongly increased 64-year-old Tahir Mir’s (ta-HEER’ MEERS) sentence by a year because his office was within 1,000 feet of a school.

A state law increases the penalty for drug crimes near schools, but a previous appeals court decision says facts used to enhance prison sentences must now be decided by juries beyond a reasonable doubt. When Mir was convicted and sentenced last year, judges were still imposing so-called sentencing enhancements using a lower burden of proof.

Before his 2011 arrest, Mir operated the Indiana Walk-In Clinic in that city about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Mir’s resentencing hasn’t been scheduled.



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