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Nevada doctor gets life in prison for spreading hepatitis c

By Mason White 11:44 AM October 28, 2013
Dipak Desai 

By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) A doctor was arrested, charged and convicted of murder after intentionally spreading hepatitis c among his patients, according to court proceedings in Nevada.

Now, a Las Vegas court has sentenced the man to life in prison.

A judge issued the sentence for Dipak Desai, who was found guilty in July on charges of second-degree murder, patient neglect and theft.

In total, a jury found him guilty of 27 counts.

Desai’s sentence included the possibility of parole after 18 years.

Ronald Lakeman, who was Desai’s assistant, was also convicted in the case. He was ordered to serve eight years but not more than 21 years in prison.

Desai was the owner of the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, where more than 100 patients were infected in 2007 and 2008, with hepatitis c.

The outbreak caused the death of 77-year-old Rodolfo Meana.

During the trial, prosecutors told the court that Desai and Lakeman reused infected vials and other medical equipment.
A jury convicted Lakeman of 16 counts, but was not found guilty of murder.

Desai’s lawyers told the court that the old doctor is a loving and religious man, and he did not anticipate the outbreak.