Kermit Gosnell, the rogue abortion doctor who earlier this year was convicted of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive in his West Philadelphia clinic as well as involuntary manslaughter for the death of a patient, was sentenced Monday to 30 years for running a pill mill out of the same building.
Gosnell was accused of running a pill mill from June 2008 through February 18, 2010. He pleaded guilty to 12 drug-related charges in July.
From a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office:
Gosnell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone, alprazolam, and codeine; distribution and aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone; and maintaining a place for the illegal distribution of controlled substances.
Gosnell wrote fraudulent prescriptions for thousands of prescription pills and the frequently-abused syrups Phenergan and Promethazine with Codeine, to drug “seekers,” who met with Gosnell briefly for a cursory exam or no exam.
Authorities who first raided the clinic in 2010 were looking for evidence that Gosnell was illegally selling prescription drugs—not violations of Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act. When they entered the building, however, they discovered that “[s]emi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets,” according to the grand jury report.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Gosnell spent the hearing “insisting he was ‘well intentioned’ and cared about the addicts who patronized his West Philadelphia ‘pain management clinic.’”
Gosnell, 72, is already serving three consecutive life sentences without parole.