Man pleads guilty to charge of deception

MARIETTA – A Marietta man admitted Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court that he had obtained overlapping oxycodone, hydrocodone and codeine prescriptions by lying to doctors.

Donald Burnett Sr., 63, of 138 Rauch Drive pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree felony count of deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

In February, Burnett obtained prescription pain medication from four doctors, said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

“In each of these instances he had not advised the doctors to the other medicines he was prescribed,” he said.

Burnett obtained a prescription for a 20-day supply of oxycodone from a family practitioner in Woodsfield on Feb. 12. Six days later, he visited a Marietta podiatrist who had previous given him a hydrocodone prescription in January and obtained another 12-day supply of oxycodone, said Schneider.

Then on Feb. 27, Burnett visited two more Marietta doctors, obtaining a nine-day oxycodone supply from a physician and a four-day codeine supply from a dentist, he said.

Finally, Burnett revisited the Marietta dentist March 6 and acquired a hydrocodone prescription.

Burnett was originally indicted on four felony charges – two third-degree felony counts, one fourth-degree felony count and one fifth-degree felony count of deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

Burnett was indicted on the four prescriptions obtained after the original on Feb. 12.

“He was filling these at different places. Kroger, Wal-Mart, CVS and Rite Aid in Marietta,” said Schneider.

The initial prescription was filled in Caldwell, he said.

In exchange for Burnett’s guilty plea on the charge, the state agreed to drop the remaining third- and fourth-degree felony counts.

Burnett was allowed to plead to the lesser charge because of his sparse criminal history, which consists mostly of traffic violations and drunken driving charges, said Schneider.

Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth asked Burnett if he would like to set up an appointment to be evaluated for possible admission to the SETPA Correction Facility, which offers drug treatment programs.

However, Burnett indicated through attorney Randall Jedlink that he would rather not be considered for the program.

“I’m not sure (a SEPTA evaluation) will be necessary,” said Jedlink.

Burnett is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 18.

Schneider indicated he will likely receive community control sanctions and between 30 and 90 days in the Washington County Jail.