UPDATE, 4:35p: From the Associated Press, this afternoon… also indicates civil suit was settled for $2 million…

[Osathanondh] was sentenced Tuesday to 6 months in jail….

He pleaded guilty Monday, just as his trial was about to begin.

Under a sentencing recommendation that prosecutors and Osathanondh’s attorneys agreed to, he was sentenced to 6 months, but will be eligible for parole after serving 4 months. His jail term will be followed by 9 months of home confinement with electronic monitoring….

He did not speak in court Tuesday, but his lawyer, Paul Cirel, said Osathanondh had expressed “most profound remorse and regret for Laura Smith’s death.”

Cirel said Osathanondh came to the United States in the 1960s and had performed thousands of safe abortions before Smith’s death.

“This is regrettably – terribly – the one complication, the one problem that ever came up in his practice,” Cirel said.

David Angueira, an attorney who represented Smith’s family in a medical malpractice lawsuit, said the case was settled Tuesday for $2 million.

Eileen Smith was asked by a reporter if she was happy to see Osathanondh taken away in handcuffs to begin serving his sentence.

“Nobody won. Laura got justice, but it’s a tragedy all the way around,” she said.

9:15a: Read yesterday’s backstory here. According to the Cape Code Times, today:

On the 3rd anniversary of her death, the doctor who performed an abortion on Laura Hope Smith (pictured right) admitted that his actions led to her death while she was under his care.

Yesterday in Barnstable Superior Court, with Smith’s parents looking on, Dr. Rapin Osathanondh, 67, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Smith, 22, never awoke after undergoing the procedure at the Women’s Health Center in Hyannis on Sept. 13, 2007.

The guilty plea followed an agreement between Cape and Islands 1st Asst. District Attorney Brian Glenny and defense attorneys….

For several hours yesterday, the lawyers negotiated back and forth…. Throughout the day Glenny frequently stopped to discuss matters with Smith’s parents, Tom and Eileen Smith.

Osathanondh faced a possible 20 years in state prison. But the recommended sentence, endorsed by prosecutor and defense, calls for less time in jail.

He is scheduled to be sentenced today in Superior Court.

If [Superior Court Judge Gary] Nickerson approves that sentence – and there was nothing yesterday to suggest the judge would not – Osathanondh will serve 3 months in a county jail, 9 months under home confinement with an electronic monitoring device, and 3 years of probation. Additionally, under the terms of this plea agreement, he must not practice medicine, nor teach.

Osathanondh was allowed 24 hours between pleading guilty and being sentenced in order to make arrangements for settling the civil suit in that case. An agreement in the civil case was also reached yesterday…. Smith’s mother filed the suit… not long after her daughter’s death. The terms of the civil suit settlement were not released yesterday.

Osathanondh, who resigned his license to practice medicine in 2008, spoke in a soft voice, admitting his guilt after he heard Nickerson recite the definition of involuntary manslaughter as a “wanton or reckless act,” or “failure to act” in such a way that it creates “a grave risk to others.”

Smith, who was born in Honduras, was raised and educated on Cape Cod following her adoption by Tom and Eileen Smith. She had studied cosmetology… and was 13 weeks pregnant when she went to the clinic to terminate her pregnancy.

Osathanondh, an obstetrician and a research associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, was accused of failing to monitor Smith while she was under anesthesia and failing to call 911 in a timely fashion when he could not rouse her after the procedure.

Additionally, following their own investigation, the state board of medicine found Osathanondh lied repeatedly to his staff about the incident, telling them he gave Smith oxygen, monitored her pulse and claimed he and his assistant were certified in advanced cardiac life support.

[HT: Operation Rescue]

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