Sentencing delayed for doctor convicted in hep C case
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Sentencing for former Dr. Dipak Desai has been delayed until Oct. 24 because a pre-sentencing investigation report was not sentenced in time.
Desai was convicted of second degree murder, criminal neglect, criminal neglect with substantial bodily harm and insurance fraud in July1.
The case stems from seven patients becoming infected with hepatitis C at Desai's endoscopy center in Las Vegas in 2007.
77-year-old Rodolfo Meana died in April 2012 as a result of being infected.
Ronald Lakeman, who was a nurse-anesthetist at the clinic, was also found guilty on several charges of criminal neglect with substantial bodily harm and insurance fraud.
Sentencing was also delayed for Lakeman until Oct. 24.
According to new information just received, a second man has also died as a result of complications from his treatment at Desai's clinic.
72-year-old Michael Washington of Las Vegas passed away on Aug. 23 in Texas, says attorney Ed Bernstein's office.
The district attorney's office has released the following statement about Washington's death:
"The District Attorney's Office is still waiting on additional information being provided to us. Once we receive all the information, we will make a decision based on what's in the best interest of the community."
A federal trial related to the case will begin in February 2014.