SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge has set April 30 as the date for convicted pain doctor Dewey MacKay to begin serving his 20-year prison term.
The 64-year-old former Brigham City physician will "report to a facility designated by the United States Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his sentence no later than 12 noon on April 30," reads Judge Dee Benson's order released Friday.
MacKay was convicted in August by a federal jury on 40 counts of illegally prescribing narcotic painkillers.
MacKay just last month surrendered his state medical license to state regulators who had deferred action against him to federal officials once a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation began in 2008.
Benson in December sentenced MacKay to 20 years in prison and subsequently denied a defense motion asking that MacKay remain free while his conviction is appealed.
Last month, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver upheld Benson's denial of the defense bid for MacKay's freedom pending appeal.
Prosecutors then requested to have MacKay report to prison April 2. MacKay's lawyers asked for June 22, saying they intended to try again with a motion that MacKay remain free pending appeal.
That motion has yet to be filed.
In MacKay's five-week trial, the jury learned MacKay was seeing 100 or more patients a day at times and filling prescriptions for no valid medical reasons.
The jury did acquit the former orthopedic surgeon on 46 counts, but two of the 40 counts it convicted him on were tied to the 2006 overdose death of his patient, Ogden resident David Wirick, 55, an engineer at ATK Thiokol.