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The founder of Insys Therapeutics was sentenced to 5½ years in federal prison Thursday for conspiring to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive opioid painkiller, shortly after five patients who used the fentanyl spray made wrenching statements about how it ravaged their lives.

U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs gave John Kapoor, 76, easily the longest prison sentence of seven defendants convicted in the racketeering case. She did so despite pleas from his lawyer and from Kapoor to show mercy because of his age and accomplishments.

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