Dr. Kostenko gets 20 years in prison

BECKLEY, WV (BY: MIKE MCCULLOUGH, WVMETRONEWS.com) — A Raleigh County doctor who pleaded guilty earlier this year to a federal drug charge has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Michael Kostenko, 61, appeared in front of U.S. District Judge Irene Berger Wednesday first blaming his attorneys for not defending him properly. Attorneys Ward Morgan and Derrick Lefler asserted they made many attempts to meet at Southern Regional Jail only to be disregarded by Kostenko, who ran the Coal Country Clinic in Daniels.

Kostenko pleaded guilty to one count back in April bringing his trial on 20 criminal counts to an abrupt end.

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