RICHARD PAEY PRISON INTERVIEW . Mark Antokas

06/22/04

INTRO: In April of this year, Richard Paey was sentenced to twenty five years in prison for forging prescriptions and abusing the pain relief medicine Oxycontin. All along, Paey insisted he was guilty of nothing, and he was just medicating himself. While in the Pasco County Sherriff’s custody, Paey was not allowed to speak to the press, he has just recently been transferred to the State and WMNF’s Mark Antokas was able to speak with him.

SCRIPT: Richard Paey sits in a wheelchair, the victim of a botched 1980’s back surgery, multiple sclerosis, and this nation’s drug laws. Paey, a father of three from New Port Richey spoke to Wmnf in the Zephyrhills Correctional Facility in Eastern Pasco County. Paey spoke of his pain, his appeal, and his life in prison. Roll Tape:

In Paey’s trial, his New Jersey doctor Stephen Nurkewitz testified at first that he was sending undated signed Oxycontin prescriptions to Paey. Later, when Nurkewitz understood that he was under investigation for questionable medical practices, he recanted his testimony. Richard Paey. Roll Tape:

Richard Paey says that his life in prison is without meaning.Roll Tape:

SOCK OUT: Richard Paey, wheelchair bound, unable to participate in the most simple and necessary outdoor exercises, in pain and requiring medication for pain, languishes in prison for twenty five years. This is Mark Antokas for WMNF radio news.

AND ON TOMMORROWS EVENING NEWS, WMNF WILL EXPLORE FLORIDA’S DRUG LAWS AND REVISIT THE RICHARD PAEY CASE.

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