by Kristen Lowe
Doctor Barrett Whitefield was sentenced to a little more than seven years in prison Thursday morning.
According to court documents, one of Whitefield's employees, Christina Barfield, said that Whitefield would write prescriptions for Hydrocodone without examining patients.
When MPD and DEA searched his office, Whitefield admitted he knew that others were selling the pills throughout the Midland/Odessa area. Seven others, including Barfield, have since pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell both meth and hydrocodone painkillers.
In court Thursday, Whitefield's attorney argued that Barfield "used sex" to get his client involved in her meth business.
Whitefield said he was extremely sorry for what he did and apologized to his patients.
"Things got out of control," he said.
One of Whitefield's former patients told NewsWest 9, he was a great doctor.
"He made me feel so comfortable," Fabrienne Kendall, said. "This is out of his character."
The Texas Medical Board suspended his license last year because of the charges. They have not indicated whether they intend to revoke it.
Whitefield got in trouble with the board in 2006 when he wrote a professional football player 14 prescriptions for hydrocodone painkillers. The prescriptions came out to about 78 pills a day.
According to an order by the Texas Medical Board, that is, "well above the toxic and potentially fatal dose."
Once Whitefield gets out of prison, he will be on supervised release for five years.