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Flushing doctor convicted

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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:30 am

A New Jersey anesthesiologist who had a weekend practice in Flushing was convicted Friday in State Supreme Court on two counts of second-degree manslaughter and 200 other charges including reckless endangerment and criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance.

Dr. Stan Xuhui Li, 60, of Hamilton, NJ, was found guilty of overprescribing painkillers to two patients, Joseph Haeg, 37, and Nicholas Rappold, 21, who later died of fatal overdoses.

The doctor ran a pain management clinic from a basement office on 41st Road for more than two years. According to testimony, he posted a price list for such drugs as oxycodone and Xanax.

He was ordered held without bail and faces up to 15 years in prison on each of the manslaughter charges and will be sentenced on Oct. 20.

Li was also convicted on six reckless endangerment charges dealing with seven patients who nearly died. One person he illegally sold drugs to was David Laffer, who ended up fatally shooting four people in 2011 during a narcotics theft from a pharmacy on Long Island.

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