Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 | 10:36 a.m.
A former Las Vegas doctor has been ordered to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years following his criminal convictions in a 2007 hepatitis C outbreak.
Clark County District Court Judge Valerie Adair sentenced 63-year-old Dipak Desai at a hearing Thursday.
He was found guilty in July of 27 criminal charges, including second-degree murder, in a viral outbreak that officials traced to his clinics and called one of the largest ever in the U.S.
Desai was found guilty in the death of 77-year-old Rodolfo Meana in April 2012.
Prosecutors argued that Desai created a penny-pinching work environment that emphasized profits over patient safety, leading to unsafe clinic and injection practices and the spread of the blood-borne virus.