Posted: Oct 22, 2013 2:25 PM by Victoria Fregoso - MTN News
BILLINGS - A former Billings special education teacher has been sentenced for abusing prescription medication.
Koby Gayle Murray, 49, will not spend any time behind bars as she received a five-year suspended sentence on Tuesday.
Murray was sentenced by District Judge Gregory Todd for three counts of fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs, one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and one count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Murray was ordered to continue drug treatment as part of her sentence.
Yellowstone County Deputy Attorney Victoria Callender asked during the hearing for a longer sentence totaling 10 years in state custody, with five years suspended. Callender said Murray "bamboozled" doctors and attorneys to feed her addiction.
Murray's defense attorney, Vern Woodward, described her as "harmless."
The charges date back to September 2011, when Murray received multiple prescription medications within days. During this time, Murray set up appointments with several doctors - each one unaware of the prescriptions that were already issued.
Callender argued that Murray had plenty of opportunities to seek therapy for her addiction through her insurance during her employment at Billings School District 2. Because she is in aftercare, and no longer with the school district, Murray's attorney said she is no longer a danger to others.
Judge Todd asked Murray during the sentencing if there is anything she wanted to say. With tears in her eyes, Murray said she is embarrassed and humiliated and just needs a chance to get her life back on track.
Murray was twice previously charged with similar crimes and received a deferred prosecution after agreeing to undergo treatment. She taught special education at Lewis and Clark Middle School until she resigned earlier this year.