GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Sparta man who posed as a doctor and performed adultcircumcisions illegally in his home was sentenced Wednesday to fiveyears of probation.
Thomas Heugel pleaded guilty in April to one count ofunauthorized practice of a health profession, a felony that couldhave carried a four-year prison sentence.
The 56-year-old was just trying to help improve a friend'squality of life, he told 24 Hour News 8 outside the courtroom.
"The kid had nobody to turn to, no insurance and pleaded for meto help him," Heugel said. "Was it wrong? I look back at it now --yes. Would I do it again? No."
Heugel had a makeshift operating room in his home and often worea doctor's uniform, police say. He claims his civil rights wereviolated in the investigation. Heugel said he and his attorney will"follow through on that."
We get a brief break from the "lake-effect machine" Friday.
A few flurries occurred Thursday night. Lows held in the teens and the wind relaxed to the 5 to 10 mph range, with 20s at the Lake Michigan.
On Thursday, the medical examiner's office said CMU student Kelly Markatos died as a result of the eating disorder bulimia.