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The Associated Press State & Local Wire

August 29, 2001, Wednesday, BC cycle

Doctor admits asking witnesses to lie in trial

SECTION: State and Regional

LENGTH: 306 words

DATELINE: CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa

A 70-year-old psychiatrist admitted in U.S. District Court that he had attempted to persuade witnesses to lie on his behalf during a trial two years ago.
Robert Shultice on Tuesday pleaded guilty to two counts of using intimidation and force in an attempt to influence a witness. In exchange for his guilty plea on those two counts, the government dropped a third count that accused Shultice of attempting to hire a “hit man” to kill two other witnesses.
Shultice was accused of offering to pay a hit man $20,000 to drug Jerry and Cynthia Robinson of Cedar Rapids and take them to Canada and inject them with lethal doses of heroin. The “hit man” was a federal agent wearing a microphone.
Cynthia Robinson had been scheduled to testify at Shultice’s sentencing in June 2000. She also testified against Shultice during his 1999 trial for his alleged role in her daughter Dorothy Donald’s death.
Shultice was found guilty Oct. 6, 1999, of 25 charges of illegally dispensing prescription drugs, one charge of obstruction of justice and one charge of making a false statement on a federal form. He was sentenced last September to 48 months in federal prison.
Shultice told Judge Michael Melloy Tuesday that he had no recollection of some of the events outlined in the indictment but had no doubt that he had committed the offenses charged. He said he had been found mentally competent to stand trial by a psychiatrist at a federal medical facility in Massachusetts.
However, Shultice, who has a medical degree, said he believes he has suffered two strokes during his incarceration. The strokes caused him to forget things, he said. He is on medication for depression and arthritis.
Shultice faces up to 41 months of additional prison time if the terms are served consecutively. Melloy set sentencing for Sept. 28.