On Sept. 20, a doctor in California was convicted of 17 felony charges of unlawfully prescribing controlled substances without a medical need. A jury took two hours to deliberate before reaching a guilty verdict. At his upcoming sentencing hearing, the 44-year-old Rancho Palos Verdes doctor could be sent to prison for as long as 13 years and four months.
On Sept. 2, actor Drake Bell was sentenced to four years of probation and four days in a county jail after entering a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor DUI charge. According to authorities, his vehicle was observed speeding and swerving in Glendale, California, in December 2015. In addition to the jail time and probation, he was warned that he could be charged with murder if he killed anyone while driving under the influence in the future.