Guilty plea by Tenn. doc in deadly painkiller case

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- In a deal with prosecutors, a southern Tennessee doctor has agreed to serve 70 months in prison for prescribing painkillers on request, in some cases for drug users who died.

Dr. Elizabeth Reimers of Winchester is changing her plea to guilty Friday after previously pleading not guilty to a 130-count indictment that charged her with prescribing hydrocodone, Percocet, Xanax, morphine and other drugs for no medical reason.

A conviction on all charges carried a maximum possible sentence of life in prison.

The 40-year-old doctor has been free on bond and has a broken ankle. Her attorney, Jerry Summers of Chattanooga, filed a motion asking that the judge at sentencing allow Reimers to wait until it heals to report to prison.

Reimers is married and has two daughters.

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