When a Newport Coast woman succumbed to her addiction and overdosed on prescription medications in December 2005, her family wanted justice.
Who got her those drugs? How could she have so many?
On Monday, Joel Stanley Dreyer, 73, of Murrieta, the man who prescribed Jessica Silva several unnecessary medications, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Dreyer was charged with signing prescriptions for tens of thousands of medications for Silva and other people, ranging from Oxycontin to Xanax, for $100 a prescription.
In statements submitted to the federal court judge in Riverside, Silva's brother described how her family knew something had happened to her. It was Christmas Day 2005. She hadn't called anyone or answered her phone. When they went to her house, her brother heard Silva's dog barking.