- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A former Kansas doctor has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison for drug and firearms convictions, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for Kansas.

Lawrence M. Simons, a former doctor with a Haysville medical clinic, was convicted last year of being a felon in possession of a firearm after giving a bail bondsman a pistol as partial payment in an unrelated domestic dispute. He also was convicted of unlawfully possessing controlled substances.

Simons, 57, was sentenced Monday to about four years on the firearms charge and two years for violating supervised release, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a statement.

Prosecutors sought the maximum sentence for Simons, who also pleaded guilty in 2009 to two counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances while employed by the Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville. He was sentenced in January 2010 to two years in federal prison followed by three years on supervised release.

Grissom said federal investigators learned in April 2013 that Simons had given a pistol to the Wichita bail bondsman as the partial bond payment. Controlled substances that Simons was not permitted to have, including prescription sedatives, also were found in storage units Simons used to store personal property in Wichita.

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