Pain clinic manager Theodore Obermeyer pleads guilty to second-degree murder

— A pain clinic manager in the Jeff George-run pain pill network pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges this morning in a case involving a 24-year-old who overdosed on pills.

Theodore Obermeyer, one of George's childhood friends, was indicted along with him and Dr. Gerald Klein for causing the overdose death of Joey Bartolucci.

Obermeyer pleaded guilty this morning to one count each of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit drug trafficking. Under Obermeyer's plea agreement with prosecutors, his potential prison sentence will be capped at 20 years.

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Obermeyer previously received a 12-year federal prison sentence on charges connected to his work in the illegal pain pill network. He is scheduled to turn himself in to begin serving that sentence in April.

Assistant State Attorney Barbara Burns told Circuit Judge Joseph Marx this morning that Obermeyer's state plea will require him to continue cooperating with local and federal authorities still investigating the case.

Marx did not set a sentencing date for Obermeyer. The judge set a hearing to check on the status of Obermeyer's case for Sept. 12.

Seated in the courtroom for Obermeyer's plea this morning was Barolucci's mother and sister, who left court without comment.