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Published: Thursday, 12/11/2008

Man sentenced for sale of painkillers to Pats' Kaczur


BOSTON A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for selling prescription painkillers to New England Patriots lineman Nick Kaczur.

Federal Judge William Young says he would have given Daniel Ekasala of Saugus a longer sentence yesterday had Ekasala not tried to convince his celebrity customer to stop using the Oxycontin pills.

The charges against Ekasala were based on three transactions between the men secretly recorded by the Drug Enforcement Administration in May.

Kaczur, who played at the University of Toledo, is not named in court records but the Boston Globe reports that Ekasala s defense attorney, Bernard Grossberg identified the player as the cooperating federal witness. The drug charges were put on hold if Kaczur stays out of trouble for six months.

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