Man gets 2 years for prescription-forging attempts

PRESCOTT - A man arrested for forging prescriptions to get narcotics was sentenced to prison time Monday.

Randy Scott Hultman, 31, of Prescott was arrested after forging a dentist's name on photocopied prescription forms in an effort to obtain Lortab, a narcotic, and presenting the forms to Safeway and Fry's pharmacies.

Hultman was on probation for a 2009 narcotics charge.

He took a plea deal that included charges of identity theft, possession of narcotics, and obtaining narcotics by fraud.

Hultman argued that, since he suffers from an addiction to painkillers, he should be sentenced to probation so he can seek treatment.

"I am very remorseful for what I have done," he told Judge Tina Ainley. "I don't want to go to D.O.C. (prison). I'm asking for a second chance."

Ainley saw things differently, however. "You have to realize the consequences of you actions," she said. She sentenced him to two years in prison followed by four years' probation.

Ainley pointed out to Hultman that there are drug addiction treatment programs available to inmates and urged him to avail himself of them.