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Ex-Doctor Sentenced in Murder Plot

August 15, 2001

ITHACA, Mich. (AP) _ A former doctor who tried to hire a hit man to kill his wife has been sentenced to nine to 20 years in prison for solicitation of murder.

Randy Ellis Drumm also was sentenced Monday in Gratiot County Circuit Court to 16 to 24 months for possession of a controlled substance _ the narcotic painkiller Vicodin.

Drumm, 42, pleaded guilty in June. In exchange, he agreed to surrender his medical license and testify against any possible co-defendants.

Defense attorney Gary Haffey asked the court to consider that Drumm was a ``well-respected physician in the community,″ had no prior convictions and had a drug addiction problem.

``It was during this relapse that he concocted this plan,″ Haffey said.

But Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion said, ``This was part of a larger overall scheme to do away with his wife so he could pursue another love interest.″

Drumm’s wife _ whose name was withheld by prosecutors _ was not in court Monday. Kushion said she still was suffering the effects of the ``emotional bomb that was dropped into her life.″

Drumm was arrested on May 10 after trying to hire an undercover state police trooper to kill his wife.

Craig Baker, a former football coach, is charged with solicitation of murder for allegedly helping Drumm find a hit man. His trial is scheduled for October.

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