'Butchery': Victims of rogue surgeon want him in prisonJanuary 9, 2017 6:05pm

DETROIT (AP) — Victims are calling for a long prison sentence for a Detroit-area doctor who performed poor or unnecessary spinal surgeries in California and Michigan.

A judge heard tearful pleas from former patients Monday in Detroit federal court. Some of Dr. Aria Sabit's (SAB'-it) victims entered court with canes. One woman was in a wheelchair.

Sabit pleaded guilty to conspiracy and fraud. He admits hurting patients and cheating insurers with his work. One of his victims is Rick Porterfield, who was an executive at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California, where Sabit was on staff.

Porterfield says, "Every move I make hurts." He says he had to retire because of complications from Sabit's surgery.

Sabit moved to Michigan in 2011. Angela Martin says her daughter was a victim of a "butchery job."

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

Cleveland submits new police crisis intervention policyA new crisis policy for Cleveland police will allow officers with specialized training to refer some people having a mental health or substance abuse crisis to hospitals and treatment facilities rather than arrest them for minor crimes
Ex-portfolio manager convicted of securities fraud chargesA former portfolio manager at an asset management firm has been convicted of securities and wire fraud charges by a New York jury
FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2016 file photo, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Judge Diane Sykes speaks in Washington. Chicago has lost another round in its effort to restrict where gun ranges can be located within city limits. The U.S. Court of Appeals on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 held as unconstitutional ordinances restricting gun ranges to manufacturing areas in Chicago. One of the three judges on the panel was Sykes, who was on a list of 11 judges President-elect Donald Trump made public last year as among those he would consider as candidates for the U.S. Supreme Court. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
US court cites right to gun-range use, tosses Chicago limits
FILE - This April 13, 2016 file photo shows the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. A federal judge said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 that he's inclined to allow trial for a lawsuit against two psychologists who designed the CIA's harsh interrogation methods for the war on terror. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the psychologists on behalf of three former detainees, who claim they were tortured in CIA prisons. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Judge hints at trial for lawsuit on harsh CIA interrogation
FILE- In this June 27, 2016, file photo, "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller leaves federal court after pleading guilty in Pittsburgh to bankruptcy fraud and failing to report thousands of dollars in Australian currency she brought into the country. Miller is scheduled to appear in federal court in Pittsburgh on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, for the start of her sentencing hearing in her bankruptcy fraud case. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
The Latest: Sentencing hearing begins for 'Dance Moms' star
Study: Texas abortions declined as clinics got farther awayResearchers say abortions declined throughout Texas after a 2013 law forced the closure of clinics in all but the largest cities, and the decline was steeper the farther a woman lived from a remaining clinic

Related Searches

Related Searches