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OC dentist convicted in 3 deaths may be set free

A former Costa Mesa dentist convicted of killing three patients including a 9-year-old could soon be set free from prison.

June 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A former Costa Mesa dentist convicted of killing three patients including a 9-year-old girl could soon be set free from prison.

A parole board granted the release of Tony Protopappas, who accidentally gave those patients lethal doses of anesthesia in the early 80s.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger overturned a previous parole decision, but this new ruling overturns that decision.

Unless the Attorney General appeals, Protopoppas should be a free man within the next two weeks.