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Former Florence doctor sentenced in high profile drug case

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Spectators packed a Hamilton courtroom for Dr. Chris Christensen's sentencing hearing. (Augusta McDonnell/MTN News photo) Spectators packed a Hamilton courtroom for Dr. Chris Christensen's sentencing hearing. (Augusta McDonnell/MTN News photo)
(Augusta McDonnell/MTN News photo) (Augusta McDonnell/MTN News photo)

HAMILTON - A judge has sentenced former Florence doctor Chris Christensen to 20 years in prison with 10 of those years suspended.

Ravalli County District Court Judge Jeffery Langton said prior to Friday morning's sentencing that two very different pictures were painted of Christensen during the trial.

The judge added that Christensen told investigators that he wouldn't change anything and "would do it all over again," adding that Christensen has not expressed remorse or taken any responsibility for his actions.

Langton ruled that parole conditions will include a mental health evaluation due to the state's concerns about Christensen's narcissistic tendencies.

Christensen will remain out on bail until the appeal process is complete which defense attorneys say could take close to a year. Meanwhile, his license to practice medicine remains suspended.

More information to come.

- information from Augusta McDonnell included in this report.


(first report)

HAMILTON – A Ravalli County courtroom is packed with spectators as the sentencing of former Florence doctor Chris Christensen has begun.

Prosecutors asking that Christensen be sentenced to 50 years in Montana State Prison with none of that time suspended. Christensen was convicted last year on more than 20 counts -- including negligent homicide for the deaths of two patients. 

The jury verdict was the culmination of a raid and investigation into his Florence clinic that dates nearly four years. Christensen originally faced hundreds of charges of overprescribing and misprescribing drugs and the deaths of two patients.

Those charges were consolidated for the trial, but Christensen still faces penalties that total more than 400 years in jail and fines that could go as high as $50,000. 

Ravalli County District Court Judge Jeffery Langton has warned everyone in the courtroom to keep their silence, strong opinions to themselves.

Click here to follow along with live coverage from the courtroom. 

- information from Augusta McDonnell included in this report.

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