Florida pill mill conspirator sentenced

A man who pleaded guilty to oxycodone-related crimes was sentenced in federal court to a prison sentence of eight years and six months.

At the December 2014 sentencing, Krystopher Adrian Legg apologized for his actions. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone and offered testimony in related trials. As part of a larger operation, Legg transported people from Ohio to Florida to purchase the prescription drug illegally.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Schlesinger said that Legg will receive credit for the three years and 11 months he has served already. He received a reduction in his sentence in exchange for cooperating with prosecutors.

Legg was accused of responsibility for the death of Robert Lee Johnson, a 25-year-old man who died in April 2010 in a Jacksonville motel room after being prescribed 300 oxycodone pills. Johnson received the prescription at the Duval Wellness Center, which was shut down by authorities in July 2010.

Prosecutors said that Johnson was part of a group that Legg repeatedly drove from Columbus, Ohio to Jacksonville in a vehicle that resembled a church bus. Johnson’s cause of death was listed as oxycodone toxicity.

Legg was charged, along with 14 others, in an investigation of Jacksonville pill mills. He testified for the prosecution in a federal trial of three doctors, an investor and a clinic employee that ended in acquittal after the testimony of another cooperating witness was called into question.

Family to file wrongful death lawsuit against FSU over son’s death

The parents of a man who died in a construction accident at Florida State University have given notice that they intend to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the university’s Board of Trustees.

Travis Joseph Miller, 25, died on July 28 when he was crushed between an exterior wall and an elevator shaft during the construction of a dormitory building at FSU.

On December 23, Miller’s parents, Richard Miller and Rebecca Rimes, gave notice to the chair of the FSU Board of Trustees and Florida’s Department of Financial Service that they intended to file a lawsuit over their son’s death. The parents claim that the university breached its duty to maintain the construction site in a safe manner and to properly supervise employees.

Miller was employed by a subcontractor for Culpepper Construction, which was building the multi-story dormitory building. Miller was sitting in an open window when the elevator descended, pulling him into a one-and-a-half inch space between the elevator and the building. Miller had been conversing with co-workers. They immediately called for the elevator operator to reascend, but Miller was already dead.

The family contends that a plywood barrier was normally kept in the open window to prevent such accidents, but that it had been removed.