- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - A former Long Island legislator has been sentenced to two years in prison after conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone.

Bradley Bender, who served on the Southampton Town Council, pleaded guilty last November. His sentence in federal court on Friday includes three years supervised release after prison.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/28SGDma ) says he told the judge he has faced addiction issues since he was a teenager.

Prosecutors say the 55-year-old Bender received phony prescriptions for oxycodone from a physician assistant. They allege he filled the prescriptions and then traded the pills for cash and steroids. The physician assistant, Michael Troyan, pleaded guilty last week. He will be sentenced Sept. 30.

Authorities say the pills were later illegally sold on the street.

Bender, an Independence Party member, resigned after pleading guilty.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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