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Pharmacist Sentenced For Helping Former Steelers Doctor Distribute Steroids

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A pharmacist will serve more than two years behind bars on charges he helped a former Pittsburgh Steelers team doctor illegally distribute anabolic steroids.

The pharmacist, 46-year-old William Sadowski, pleaded guilty in November. A federal judge in Pittsburgh sentenced him Tuesday to two-and-a-half years in prison.

Sadowski has acknowledged helping Dr. Richard Rydze illegally distribute the body-building substances and other drugs.

Rydze has denied wrongdoing, pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial in the alleged steroids conspiracy that began a few months after the Steelers cut Rydze from their medical staff in 2007. The team and Rydze have both previously said he didn’t supply steroids to Steelers players.

Federal sentencing guidelines suggest Sadowski faces about three years in prison, though the judge is not bound by those guidelines.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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