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Linda and Stephen Schneider walk into to the Federal Courthouse in Wichita, Kan., in this June 24 photo, to hear the verdict in their case of over-prescribing pain medications which resulted in numerous deaths.
updated 10/20/2010 4:26:11 PM ET 2010-10-20T20:26:11

A Kansas doctor has been sentenced to 30 years and his wife to 33 years for running a pain clinic linked to dozens of patient overdose deaths.

Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, were sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot says evidence showed it was Linda Schneider who perpetuated the clinic as an income generator rather than a provider of competent medical care.

The Haysville couple were found guilty in June of unlawfully writing prescriptions, health care fraud and money laundering. Jurors convicted them of a moneymaking conspiracy prosecutors linked to 68 overdose deaths.

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Prosecutors had asked for life sentences or the equivalent, while defense attorneys wanted the mandatory minimum 20 years in prison.

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