- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A state district judge refused Monday to reconsider the sentence of Eliver Kestler — also known as El Dentista — who was sentenced to six years in prison in March after being convicted of forgery and four counts of practicing dentistry without a license.

Kestler argued in a hearing that he hadn’t actually committed the forgery, that he’d called his public defender numerous times with no response and that he hadn’t understood how much time he’d be exposed to when he agreed to a plea deal in the case.

But First District Judge T. Glenn Ellington had little sympathy for those arguments, saying his review of the case indicated Kestler was informed about the consequences of the plea deal.

In response to Kestler’s claim that he had learned his lesson and wasn’t a threat to the community, Ellington said Kestler had “mutilated” at least four people, causing them infections and, in some cases, bone loss by performing dentistry on them under unsanitary conditions out of his car. Then, Ellington said, Kestler had proceeded to blame those same victims, calling them “greedy” at his sentencing hearing.

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