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Va. Doctor Sentenced for Stalking

December 21, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A former neurologist who concocted a batch of poison, donned a disguise and stalked a former boss who gave him a bad evaluation was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

Dr. Ray W. Mettetal Jr. was convicted of possessing a deadly chemical with the intention of poisoning Dr. George Allen, the neurosurgery chairman at Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, Tenn.

Mettetal admitted putting on a bushy, ill-fitting wig and fake beard in 1995 and traveling to Allen’s office with a large syringe.

His lawyers argued the syringe was filled with saline solution and the poison never left a storage locker in Harrisonburg, where Mettetal was in private practice.

At his July trial, Mettetal said he was only playing out a harmless fantasy to vent his anger at Allen for destroying his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon.

Mettetal faces trial in Tennessee on an attempted murder charge.

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