SALT LAKE CITY -- In response to a prosecution request that convicted pill doctor Dewey MacKay report to prison April 2, the defense is arguing for June 22.
MacKay, a Brigham City doctor who surrendered his state medical license only last month, was convicted by a federal jury in August on 40 counts of illegally prescribing narcotic painkillers.
U.S. District Judge for Utah Dee Benson has sentenced him to 20 years in prison. Earlier this month, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld Benson's denial of a defense motion that MacKay remain free pending appeal of his conviction.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah last week asked the judge for the April 2 prison reporting date. On Tuesday, MacKay's defense lawyers requested June 22, according to court documents, as they intend to ask Benson to reconsider allowing MacKay to remain free pending appeal.