A Casper doctor’s wife, who took a plea deal on the eve of her husband’s drug conspiracy trial and then served as a prosecution witness, has avoided incarceration for her role in the drug distribution scheme.

A federal judge sentenced Lyn Kahn to time served and three years of supervised release at a July 3 sentencing in Cheyenne for a single count of conspiracy to illegally distribute prescription drugs, according to court documents available through an online records system.

Judge Alan Johnson, who sentenced Kahn, on July 2 ordered the criminal forfeiture of more than a half-million dollars, three houses and three vehicles seized from Kahn and her husband, Dr. Shakeel Kahn. The federal government will have to give members of the public opportunity to lay claim to the property — which includes a Casper house where the couple was arrested in November 2016 — before the property titles are declared clear.

Prosecutors said in their forfeiture filing last month that the doctor and his wife filed an agreement under seal in September in which they agreed not to contest the forfeiture. Neither Lyn nor Shakeel Kahn filed a written response to the claim for property.

On April 24, Lyn Kahn pleaded guilty to the single drug distribution conspiracy charge as part of an agreement that capped her prison time at two years. She said at the hearing that her husband, Dr. Shakeel Kahn, wrote painkiller prescriptions for her daughter in late 2015 or early 2016. She filled the prescriptions, she told a judge, and gave the pills to her husband who later delivered them to his brother.

She also said that she mailed painkillers to a Massachusetts man on the instruction of her husband.

The doctor and his brother, Nabeel Kahn — whose name is also sometimes spelled Khan, went to trial the next day. On May 14, Lyn Kahn testified. After telling jurors about the doctor’s involvement in the crimes she pleaded guilty to, she said under questioning from defense attorney Beau Brindley that she still loved her husband and had been concerned about the risk a trial could have posed on her relationship with her young son. She said, however, that she had not taken the agreement to protect her son.

The next week, after jury deliberations that spanned three days and had to be restarted when one member of the panel was dismissed, jurors found Shakeel Kahn guilty of all 21 felonies he faced and imposed an enhancement holding him responsible for the 2015 overdose death of an Arizona woman. The jury found his brother guilty of both felonies he faced but did not hold him criminally liable for the woman’s death.

The two brothers are set to be sentenced Aug. 1 in Cheyenne’s federal courthouse.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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