Judge reinstates convictions he had thrown out in Kansas case linked to 68 overdose deaths

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WICHITA, Kansas — A judge has reinstated convictions he had previously thrown out against a former Kansas doctor and his wife accused of a moneymaking conspiracy at a clinic linked to 68 overdose deaths.

The ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Monti Belot could affect how long Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, remain in prison. The Haysville couple will be resentenced Sept. 24.

They were convicted in 2010 of conspiracy to commit health care fraud resulting in those deaths, unlawfully prescribing drugs, health care fraud and money laundering.

Belot agreed with prosecutors to vacate only the sentences on six counts.

The legal maneuvering comes in the wake of an unrelated U.S. Supreme Court decision that the victim's drug use had to be the actual cause of death, not merely a contributing factor.

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