Man gets eight years for selling oxycodone

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A Jefferson Hills man who sold the prescription narcotic oxycodone on the street was sentenced Monday to eight years and nine months in prison.

John Paul Larcinese, 32, was accused of writing fake prescriptions using the Drug Enforcement Agency numbers of real doctors but with phone numbers that he controlled so he could field pharmacy verification calls.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and sell the drug.

His attorney argued that his actions were driven by his addiction.

U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond decided on the sentence, which also requires Larcinese to forfeit $18,911 and to be on probation for three years after he is released.

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