Wyoming woman pleads guilty to drug conspiracy charge, would avoid prison

Wyoming woman pleads guilty to drug conspiracy charge, would avoid prison

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Kathleen Hill

A Wyoming woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to deliver prescription painkillers in connection to a case alleging a Casper doctor illegally operated a drug ring.

Kathleen Hill, 61, pleaded guilty in Natrona County District Court to conspiracy to deliver oxycodone, as part of an agreement that would see her serving five years of probation while undergoing drug use treatment and submitting to twice-weekly drug tests.

As part of the plea agreement, the state dropped a second charge that alleged Hill had conspired to deliver the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

Hill, who appeared in court wearing a black cardigan and black pants, said she had previously been legitimately prescribed the painkiller, before she started self medicating.

Hill is the third person to plead guilty this week to charges in the case. Roxanne A. Hagen and Martha L. Zitterkopf both took plea deals Monday that would keep them out of prison.

Dr. Shakeel Khan and his wife, Lyn Khan, are facing a total of 45 charges in their case, which is being conducted in federal court.

Prosecutors allege that Dr. Khan sold painkiller prescriptions in exchange for cash. Defendants in the case are alleged to have signed forms at Khan’s request indicating they would not describe the doctor as a drug dealer.

Follow crime reporter Shane Sanderson on Twitter @shanersanderson

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