The upcoming sentencing of Julio “Candyman” Diaz ​— ​the former Santa Barbara doctor charged with overprescribing narcotics and sedatives to his patients, 11 of whom died of overdoses in a five-year span ​— ​will hinge on whether a federal judge allows him to withdraw his guilty pleas, which Diaz’s attorney has indicated he will do, at a hearing in December. Diaz pleaded guilty in January, two years after his arrest. Since pleading, his sentencing has been repeatedly postponed, including when Diaz ​— ​currently in federal custody ​— ​acquired a new lawyer. His sentence could be as stiff as 200 years in prison and $10 million in fines. Prosecutor Ann Wolf said the case would move to trial if the judge grants Diaz’s request.


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