Ex-Huntsville doctor convicted of stockpiling illegal drugs in home

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A former Huntsville doctor has been sentenced to prison for stockpiling and allowing the use of illegal drugs at his Owens Cross Roads home.

Marshall Plotka, who operated the now-closed Phoenix Urgent Care in Jones Valley, was arrested and charged in a 2019 multistate drug raid.

Federal Judge Abdul Kallon sentenced Plotka to a year and a day in prison on Thursday after reaching a plea deal a year ago.

Before passing sentence, Judge Kallon discussed a motion filed by Plotka’s attorney. Plotka attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, citing his cancer which was in remission at the time of the plea, had returned.

Federal prosecutors opposed the motion, saying going to trial would be a waste of judicial resources and that Plotka’s cancer could be treated in jail. Judge Kallon recommended that the Bureau of Prisons allow Plotka to serve his sentence in a medical facility close to his family.

After his release from prison, he will have a mandatory three-year probation under supervision. He will be forbidden any consumption of alcohol and drugs, apart from what is prescribed for his health.

Plotka will remain out of custody until he is due to surrender to begin his sentence on Monday August 8 at 2 p.m.

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