By Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A physical therapy assistant who pleaded guilty to stealing prescription pain medication from dozens of patients in the Scobey area and replacing some of it with over-the-counter pain medication has been sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to complete a six-month residential drug treatment program.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1vTQf87 ) 33-year-old Cale Handran received the same punishment on Thursday that physical therapist Kevin Criswell received Wednesday. District Judge Susan Watters held them jointly responsible for $6,400 in restitution to victim Kent Cromwell.

Cromwell submitted a letter to the court saying the thefts caused his wife to believe he was abusing his pain medication, threatened their marriage and led to him being hospitalized in a psychiatric ward after two suicide attempts.

Handran was suspended from his job at Daniels Memorial Hospital in May and his state license was suspended last month.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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