A former University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital pathologist who lives in Georgetown has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to selling drugs, court records show.
Robert Brian Yost, 51, was sentenced Monday by Scott County Circuit Judge Rob Johnson after Yost’s plea to a single count of first-degree trafficking in more than 10 doses of opiates.
Two counts of first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine were dismissed.
Johnson ruled out probation, saying that would “unduly depreciate the seriousness” of the crime.
Yost was expected to plead guilty Monday to illegal-drug charges, court records show.
Yost was arrested Jan. 23, 2014, after Kentucky State Police executed a search warrant at his house on Crumbaugh Road. The search netted illegal drugs including GBH, a drug that’s used as a general anesthetic but that also is an intoxicant and a date-rape drug, state police said at the time.
A Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure emergency order of suspension says a state police confidential witness bought about 7.5 grams of meth from Yost on Jan. 22, 2014, the day before his arrest.
The search at Yost’s house the next day found “a large quantity of GBH and crystal meth,” the order states.
At the time, Yost was a resident-fellow in the UK hospital’s surgical pathology department, serving in a one-year program.
He was suspended with pay after his arrest, hospital spokeswoman Kristi Lopez said at the time. Lopez later said Yost is no longer affiliated with UK.
Yost’s Kentucky medical license was suspended under an emergency order in April 2014 and remains inactive, according to Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure records.
His medical license in Georgia — his primary place of practice — also was suspended pending the outcome of Yost’s case.