WICHITA - A former Wichita area physician who was serving time on supervised release for a drug conviction has been convicted on federal firearm and drug charges, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.
A jury found 57-year-old Lawrence Simons of Wichita guilty on one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of controlled substances.
During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that in 2009 Simons, a former employee of the Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville, pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully distributing controlled substances. In January 2010, Simons was sentenced to two years in federal prison to be followed by three years on supervised release.
In April 2013 an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives learned that Simons had given a pistol to Steven Woodin, proprietor of S&F Bail Bonds in Wichita. Simons owed Woodin for bonding him out of jail on a $25,000 bond in a Sedgwick County District Court case involving a charge of making a criminal threat.
Prosecutors also presented evidence that on Aug. 7, 2008, Simons signed a Drug Enforcement Administration form surrendering his controlled substances privileges. On Aug. 21, 2009, Simons leased three storage units at the W. Kellogg Stor-All where he stored personal property. Controlled substances later were found in the storage units including Fentanyl, Actiq, Lortab Elixer, Ketamine, Versed, Midazolam, Brevital Sodium, Diazepam, Stadol and Niravan.
Sentencing is set for Feb. 10, 2014; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.