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Surgeon gets life in prison for purposely maiming patient

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Posted at 9:42 PM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 21:42:05-05
A Dallas jury has sentenced former neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch to life in prison. (Photo: KDAF)

A Dallas jury has sentenced former neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch to life in prison. (Photo: KDAF)

DALLAS, Texas – A Dallas jury has sentenced former neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch to life in prison.

Evidence from the case revealed Duntsch incapacitated patients while they were under his knife. The 44-year-old surgeon, who practiced medicine across North Texas, was accused of paralyzing four patients and causing the death of two.

This trial dealt with just one of the cases, a 74-year-old woman. Duntsch was arrested in 2015 on five aggravated-assault charges.

Prosecutors say Duntsch was malicious and reckless while he performed surgery on his patients; his attorneys argued that he was just a lousy surgeon.