BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A former Barren County magistrate and Cave City dentist has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for obtaining controlled substances fraudulently and distributing them outside the course of professional medical practice.

The U.S. attorney's office said Christopher Steward of Cave City was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green. He pleaded guilty in May.

Steward was arrested April 13 and released on $25,000 unsecured bond.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports Steward's lawyer, Alan Simpson, asked that Steward be given leniency, saying the case has taken away his family, community and dental practice, the things that have been most important to him.

Judge Greg Stivers' sentence was at the low end of the 18 to 30 months Steward faced, and Stivers said Steward's behavior was largely driven by a desire to self-medicate rather than greed.