LI doctor accused of selling pain pills arraigned on new charges

CENTRAL ISLIP - The Baldwin doctor accused of selling painkillers was in court today to face new charges. Prosecutors say Dr. William Conway prescribed more than 780,000 oxycodone pills between January 2009 and November 2011. Now, Conway has been charged in connection with the overdose deaths of 29-year-old Christopher Basmas, of Hicksville, and 34-year-old Giovanni Manzella, of Long Beach. Conway's office assistant, Robert Hachmeister, was also indicted. He is accused of conspiring to distribute the drugs. More than a dozen patients came to court today to support the Baldwin doctor. Conway pleaded not guilty to the new charges and faces life in prison if convicted. His trial is expected to begin Jan. 22.Baldwin doctor accused in deaths of 2 patients who overdosedPatients of LI doctors charged in drug case say it's no surprise

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