Former Miss. hospice director pleads guilty

Published 9:41 pm Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The former clinical director of a north Mississippi hospice has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts related to allegations of practicing medicine without a license.

Marilyn Lehman entered the plea Tuesday in Lee County Circuit Court shortly before her trial was to begin. The attorney general’s office had brought 11 misdemeanor counts of administering narcotics without a license against Lehman.

Prosecutors say as many as 11 people at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo died after they were given excessive medications.

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Dr. Paul White, the facility’s medical director, pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor charges of aiding and abetting the practice of medicine without a license and one felony count of cyber stalking for sending threatening e-mails to people he believe caused the investigation.