A jury delivered a death sentence for podiatrist Ronald Mikos, 56, convicted earlier this month of killing a former patient who was scheduled to testify against him in a Medicare fraud trial. The jury in U.S. District Court in Chicago deliberated several days before announcing its verdict. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office said Mikos can appeal the death penalty vote and awaits formal sentencing by U.S. District Judge Ronald Guzman that has not been scheduled. Mikos was convicted of shooting Joyce Brannan in June 2002 before she was slated to tell a grand jury about his false billings. He also was found guilty on multiple counts of mail fraud, healthcare fraud, obstruction of justice and tampering with a witness. The U.S. said Mikos billed Medicare more than $1.25 million for surgeries he never performed. -- by Mark Taylor
Jury approves death sentence for Chicago podiatrist
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