By kaitlin Thorne
BEAVERTON – Beaverton PA Richard Call was sentenced to two months in the Gladwin County Jail on Monday, Sept. 30, by 55th Circuit Court Judge Tom Evans. Evans gave Call seven days credit for time served and 18 months of probation. In addition Evans suspended 30 days of Call’s sentence for Call paying an estimated $2,000 in fines. Call’s 23 days began on Friday, Oct. 4.
The sentencing is for a amended charge of Count One of possession of less than 25 grams of cocaine. Call was arrested on May 21 following an incident involving possible domestic violence, a separate charge that was eventually dropped.
In court Call appeared to be remorseful for what had happened. He told the court that he was nearly 12 years sober when the incident occurred.
Call informed the judge of how he was working to turn his life around, including having left a four-year “toxic relationship”, moving to be near his office, surrounding himself with family, and returned to counseling.
Call’s attorney, Robert J. Andretz told Judge Evans that Call has been very open about his addiction struggles and accepted full responsibility for his actions, and that he is hopeful for his client going forward.
Call hopes to be able to return to work and care for his patients. This is part of the reason for the no contest plea, as a guilty plea could be used as a reason to suspend his medical license.
The conviction and court records were turned into the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Any decisions regarding his medical license will be made at the state level.