WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former Claymont pharmacist convicted of illegally distributing the powerful painkiller Oxycodone has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Bruce Costa tearfully apologized for his crimes before being sentenced Thursday. He showed no emotion as the judge imposed the sentence.
Costa was convicted of three counts of unlawfully distributing Oxycodone and one count of maintaining a premises to distribute the drug. He faced a maximum sentence of 20 years on each count.
Judge Leonard Stark overruled three defense objections related to sentencing, including a defense argument that Costa did not abuse a position of trust.
The judge also noted that Costa at one time was the largest distributor of Oxycodone in Delaware, and that he lied repeatedly to investigators and at his trial.
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