A Richfield doctor has been sentenced to a year in jail and fined $2,500 for writing a false prescription for his wife. Both the sentence and fine were suspended, however, in favor of 18 months probation and 300 hours community service.

Dr. Robert E. Potts, 56, appeared before 6th District Judge Don V. Tibbs earlier this week after pleading guilty in October to one count of making or uttering a false prescription.Potts initially was charged with a third-degree felony count of making false prescription, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor count in exchange for his guilty plea.

Tibbs ordered the defendant to perform the community service in local hospitals, schools and rest homes.

Potts' wife, Jonnie Potts, was charged with nine counts of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation. She was arraigned in 6th Circuit Court Oct. 4, but further hearings have been delayed pending her completion of a drug rehabilitation program in Salt Lake City, court officials said.

The two were arrested following a two-year investigation by Sevier County sheriff's deputies. Prosecutors said Potts would write prescriptions for the painkiller Demerol in other patients' names and then give the drugs to his wife.