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ABERDEEN, S.D. - A former Aberdeen physician was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison with a fine of $20,000 after admitting to a felony charge of illegally distributing the prescription painkiller oxycodone.

Judge Charles Kornmann said during the hearing that the sentence was the most lenient he could impose on Troy E. Adolfson, 47.

Court documents indicate that between Jan. 9 and April 17, 2017, Adolfson wrote prescriptions for 60 to 140 pills of oxycodone, which were filled by a co-worker and two others. The filled prescriptions were then returned to Adolfson in exchange for a $50 tip and some of the pills, according to the paperwork.

Approximately 1,400 oxycodone pills were prescribed by Adolfson in this manner, court documents said.

The government said it does not have enough evidence against any others who may have been involved in the distribution, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Mammenga said.

Adolfson was employed at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital from October 2014 through April 28, 2017. He is now listed as a member of the staff at McCreery Cancer Center at Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Iowa on its website.