Howard K. Stern Found Guilty in Anna Nicole Smith Trial
Howard K. Stern, the former boyfriend and doctor of deceased actress/Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, was found guilty of conspiracy to provide drugs to a known addict in a Los Angeles court on Thursday, CNN reports.
Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, a psychiatrist who flew down to be at Smith's side in the Bahamas after her son Daniel's 2006 death, was also found guilty on a conspiracy charge, as well two other charges related to a Vicodin prescription given to Smith.
The verdicts were handed down after 12 days of jury deliberation and more than two months of testimony. The prosecution testified that Smith failed to say no to Smith's request for drugs because he wanted to remain part of Smith's celebrity entourage.
Smith died on February 8, 2007, at the age of 39 of "combined drug intoxication," in particular the sleep aid chloral hydrate, which was found to be the "major component."
Los Angeles County Superior Judge Robert Perry has set sentencing for January 6, 2011. Both Stern and Eroshevich face up to three years each in prison.