Doctor Convicted in Overdose Deaths Must Post New Bond

Former Montana doctor was convicted in November of 22 felonies, including two counts of negligent homicide

By Associated Press

HAMILTON — A former Montana doctor must post a new bond to remain out of jail while he appeals his convictions for the overdose deaths of two patients.

District Judge Jeffrey Langton on Wednesday gave Chris Christensen until May 2 to post $200,000 cash bail or raise a non-refundable $20,000 to cover a bond.

Christensen was convicted in November of 22 felonies, including two counts of negligent homicide. His 10-year prison sentence was stayed pending appeal. Langton said Christensen could remain free on his previously posted $200,000 bond, but the court later learned that bond could not be extended to the appeal.

Attorney Josh Van de Wetering unsuccessfully argued for a lower bond, saying the former Florence doctor didn’t have the money.

Christensen has until May 15 to file his appeal.

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