Former Pharmacist Sentenced to House Arrest on Drug Charges

A former Champion trustee and former pharmacist was sentenced Thursday to 18 months of house arrest for illegally filling prescriptions for pain medication.

Kenneth Overholt Jr., 58, served as trustee for 15 years and was the owner of Overholt’s Champion Pharmacy. An investigation revealed that Overholt and two of his pharmacists, Andrea Luchette, 39, and Robert Gaves, 65, were filling prescriptions for Dr. Peter Franklin, a pain doctor in Middlefield, who was later killed by his wife, Sandra, in August of 2009.

Sandra Franklin is serving a 15-years-to-life prison sentence. Luchette and Gaves both pleaded guilty in March 2011 to complicity to deception to obtain a dangerous drug and both were sentenced to probation.

The prescriptions were for Methadone, Oxycodone and other Schedule 2 narcotics and were written for amounts over what is normally prescribed, according to Trumbull County prosecutors. The prescriptions were filled at the pharmacy in 2007 and 2008, and in 2009, Overholt turned the pharmacy over to a new manager. He sold the business in 2010.

Overholt pleaded guilty in March 2011 to five counts of aggravated drug trafficking. He lost his pharmacy license in 2010 and previously forfeited $100,000 that prosecutors said was profit from the sale of the drugs.

He was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest, five years of supervised probation and was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine, according to court records.

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