- Associated Press - Friday, July 21, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A dentist who operated clinics in West Des Moines and Des Moines has pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges.

Court records say Shawn Kerby pleaded guilty Wednesday to obtaining a painkiller by misrepresentation and being a user of a controlled substance who also possessed firearms. Prosecutors dropped several other charges in return for Kerby’s pleas. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 17.

Prosecutors say Kerby had prescribed drugs to at least nine patients without properly recording them and that he regularly prescribed addictive drugs to patients he hadn’t examined in more than a year. His clinics: Kerby Family Dentistry and Bright Smiles Family Dental.

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