Ohio Man Convicted In Pain-Pill Scheme


UPDATED: Wednesday October 30, 2013 1:34 PM

A central Ohio man has been convicted of charges that he participated in a Florida-to-Columbus prescription pain pill ring.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that 37-year-old Michael Paul Johnson was convicted Tuesday of 25 of the 26 counts he was charged with. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each conviction when he is sentenced later.

Johnson had rejected a plea offer that would have included a 20-year prison sentence and decided to take his chances at trial.

A jury had convicted Johnson's co-defendant Ruben J. Rhodes on 18 counts in August. He was sentenced to 37 years in prison.

They were among 47 people indicted last year in what authorities said was a $2.3 million operation that brought an estimated 100,000 pain pills to central Ohio.

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