SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah pain doctor convicted on federal drug charges will be staying out of prison at least a little longer. Court records show U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on Wednesday rejected a petition to keep Dewey MacKay free pending an appeal of his conviction. But defense attorneys say they’ll appeal the Wednesday ruling on the petition, and the judge says he’ll let MacKay stay out until that issue is resolved. Defense attorneys say the 64-year-old Brigham City doctor has health problems that are better managed outside of prison. In August, a jury convicted MacKay on 40 of 86 felony charges related to illegal drug distribution resulting in the death of one patient. Benson sentenced MacKay to 20 years prison and initially ordered him to surrender to federal authorities Feb. 1.
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