- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants a federal judge to reconsider a reduced sentence he gave last week to a Brigham City doctor convicted of illegally prescribing prescription drugs to patients.

In a court motion filed this week, Utah U.S. Attorney David Barlow calls it a flawed decision to scale back the sentence for 66-year-old Dewey MacKay to three years from 20 years. Barlow wants a hearing to address the sentence.

A jury found MacKay guilty in 2011 of illegally distributing painkillers. MacKay also was convicted in the drug overdose death of one of his patients.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson said last week the mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years for the patient’s death was no longer required after a Supreme Court ruling.

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