COSTA MESA — Tony Protopappas, the former dentist who killed three people in his chair and recently qualified for parole, plans to get back into dentistry. But this time, he shall not have direct contact with patients, his attorney said.
Protopappas has been working with three dentists while serving a sentence of 15 years to life, attorney Rich Pfeiffer said. The parole conditions, if finalized months from now, would allow Protopappas to work in a dental lab.
"He can't be a dentist, but he can work...away from his patients," Pfeiffer said. "That's what he plans on doing."
The state parole board on Wednesday found Protopappas suitable for release after his serving more than 25 years. The Court of Appeal had urged the board to parole him unless there was evidence that the 65-year-old was still a threat to society.