Marietta man jailed over drugs

A Marietta man convicted of deceiving various local doctors in order to get extra drug prescriptions was sentenced Monday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to 30 days in the Washington County Jail despite his request to be sentenced to house arrest.

Donald Burnett Sr, 63, of 138 Rauch Drive, was sentenced on a fifth-degree felony count of deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

Burnett had been doubling up on his Schedule II drugs-filling overlapping oxycodone, hydrocodone and codeine prescriptions which he had obtained by visiting multiple types of doctors and hiding the fact that he already had drug prescriptions, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

“He’d go to a podiatrist and then turn right back around and see a dentist. He might have had two different types of legitimate pain. Even if he did, one pill would have managed both types of pain,” he said.

During the 15-day period between Feb. 12 and 27, Burnett visited three area doctors and a dentist and received 45 days worth of oxycodone and codeine. On March 6, he revisited the dentist, who had given him a four-day supply of codeine, and obtained a hydrocodone prescription.

Burnett was initially indicted on four felony charges-one for each extra prescription obtained after the initial prescription on Feb. 12-and pleaded Sept. 12 to a single charge.

There was no indication that Burnett had been dealing the pills, said Schneider.

“He wasn’t getting all five of (the prescriptions) at once. He’d get two at one time, two another time. We have no indication he was selling,” he said.

According to an agreed disposition, Burnett would receive a local jail sentence. However, he cited concern over missing upcoming doctor’s appointments when asking to serve his sentence at home.

“I was wondering if I can get house arrest…I’m a diabetic and they wanna keep a close look on me,” he said.

Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth explained that the jail has medical facilities available and his health would be looked after while incarcerated.

Burnett asked if he would be allowed to continue taking his required shots while in jail. Burnworth said he should take his medication with him and turn it in to a corrections officer at the jail who will see that his medication is administered as needed.

In addition to the 30-day jail sentence, Burnworth also ordered three years of community control and a six-month license suspension, which prompted Burnett to ask if he could get driving privileges.

“When I get out, can I get my license so I can drive to doctor’s appointments?” he asked.

Burnworth simply responded that Burnett would need to consult with his attorney.