June 24, 2010
A Lakeland man claiming involvement in the sale of steroids to professional athletes has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison.
A U.S. district judge sentenced 36-year-old Richard Andrew Thomas on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in November to possession of steroids with intent to distribute. He could have faced up to five years in prison, but Thomas received leniency after helping build a case against 50-year-old Douglas Owen Nagel.
Thomas told authorities that the Virginia chiropractor sold steroids to professional athletes, including players for the Washington Capitals hockey team and the Washington Nationals baseball team.
Thomas also told authorities about a Polk County corrections officer selling steroids. The female officer was prosecuted in state court.
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