Retired Lt. Jerry Elston sentenced to probation in drug fraud case

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Retired Madison County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jerry Elston was sentenced to probation Monday in a prescription drug fraud case. Elston pleaded guilty to some counts in a best-interest plea, according to his attorney, Mark Donahoe. Donahoe said Elston did not admit wrongdoing with the conditional guilty plea and entered it to accept the deal. Elston was sentenced to six years of probation. If there are no issues, the case will be dismissed in 2021 and Elston’s record will be expunged, Donahoe said. Elston will not be fined aside from paying court costs. Elston was indicted in December on 52 counts of obtaining controlled substance by fraud, also known as “doctor shopping.” The retired deputy allegedly visited at least six different doctors during the investigation from January through June of 2014.

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