Hearing ends without sentence in 'pill mill' case

A Kansas doctor and his wife must wait one more day before hearing how long they will have to spend behind bars for operating a clinic linked to dozens of overdose deaths.

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot heard from victims as well as supporters of Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda. The couple did not make a courtroom statement Tuesday, but let their attorneys plead for mercy on their behalf. Belot will announce his sentencing decision at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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