Part of Knox man's oxycodone distribution conviction overturned

Part of Knox man's oxycodone distribution conviction overturned

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James LaPointe (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) James LaPointe (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville businessman convicted in July 2010 in a Florida to Tennessee oxycodone pipeline scheme will get a new trial.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday filed a ruling that overturns James LaPointe's federal conviction on one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

The three-judge panel ruled that the jury should have been instructed to consider a lesser offense.

The court upheld LaPointe's other conviction for attempting to possess oxycodone with intent to distribute.

LaPointe was sentenced to serve concurrent sentences of 63 months in prison on each count.     

Investigators were able to track a shipment of oxycodone pills to LaPointe's security system business, Integrated Security, on Downtown West Boulevard in West Knoxville.

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