A former Wichita-area physician was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to more than six years in prison on federal firearm and drug charges, authorities said.
Lawrence M. Simons, 57, was also convicted of violating federal supervised release, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a prepared statement. A jury found Simons guilty in November on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of controlled substances.
In the trial, Grissom said, prosecutors presented evidence that in 2009 Simons — a former employee of the Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville — pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances. The following January, Simons was sentenced to two years in federal prison to be followed by three years on supervised release.
Last April, an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives learned that Simons had given a pistol to Steven Woodin, proprietor of S&F Bail Bonds in Wichita, Grissom said. Simons owed Woodin for bonding him out of jail on a $25,000 bond in a Sedgwick County District Court case involving a charge of making a criminal threat.
Prosecutors also presented evidence that on Aug. 7, 2008, Simons signed a Drug Enforcement Administration form surrendering his controlled substances privileges, Grissom said. A year later, Simons leased three storage units at the West Kellogg Stor-All, where he kept personal property. Controlled substances later were found in the storage units, including Fentanyl, Actiq, Lortab Elixer, Ketamine, Versed, Midazolam, Brevital Sodium, Diazepam, Stadol and Niravan.
The sentence includes 51 months on the firearms and gun charges and 24 months to be served consecutively for the violation of supervised release.