No jail for former doctor in painkiller case

Posted at 9:35 AM, Feb 25, 2016

A former western Colorado doctor will spend time in house arrest and for his role in a case dealing with the overprescribing of painkillers.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that Eric Peper on Wednesday was sentenced to one year probation and 11 months in home detention.

Earlier this month, Peper's co-defendant Sam Jahani was sentenced to six months in prison, six months of home detention and 1 year of supervised release.

Jahani and Peper were indicted in 2011 on numerous counts related to their prescribing practices, which were alleged to have contributed to the deaths of four patients.

Peper worked for Jahani, who formerly operated Urgent Care Inc. clinics in Delta, Montrose and Grand Junction. They were shut down after a 2009 raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration.