Judge cuts north Alabama steroids dealer's sentence to probation

Written by Dr. Michael White, Published on March 5th, 2012
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MOBILE, Alabama -- A federal judge in Mobile last week reduced a steroids dealers prison sentence to probation.

Chief U.S. District Judge William Steele sentenced Ashley Dewayne Rivers in January to five months in prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. But he agreed to a request by the U.S. Attorneys Office to change the sentence to five years probation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gina Vann, in a court filing, indicated that Rivers had provided prosecutors with "substantial assistance" in their case against co-defendant Dr. Mark Peter Koch.

The Monroe County doctor, who pleaded guilty in the case, received a probation sentence last month. Vanns filing offers no details about Rivers cooperation. It asks that Steele reduce the defendants sentence to five years probation.

The motion for a reduced sentence came just hours after Steele had denied a request by defense attorney James Robinson to change the sentence to probation. Steele wrote in his order that he lacked jurisdiction to change the punishment. That had to come from the U.S. Attorneys Office.

In his letter to Steele, Robinson asked that his client be allowed to serve his sentence on probation so that he could work and help support his wife, their four children and his handicapped brother.

"Mr. Rivers will lose his job and the family will be unable to pay their house note and bills associated with day-to-day living," Robinson wrote.

Rivers, a satellite technician from the Morgan County town of Laceys Spring, admitted that he sold steroids to Koch. According to court documents, an informant paid Rivers about $2,000 that Koch had provided and picked up vials of Primobolan Depot and Testosterone Cypionate, both of which are injectable anabolic steroids that allow users to gain muscle mass quickly. He also bought Viagra.

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