Howard K. Stern, seen above, was dismissed today of drug conspiracy convictions of the late Anna Nicole Smith, “The Associated Press” reported.
Superior Court Judge Robert Perry found that Stern never “had the intent to defraud” when he used his name and others to obtain prescriptions for Smith.
Perry also dismissed Smith’s psychiatrist, Khristine Eroshevich of most of the charges and reduced one conviction—obtaining Vicodin prescription under a false name—to a misdemeanor. Eroshevich, a long-time friend of Smith, was sentenced to one year of probation and a $100 fine.
The dismissal marks the end of a long-running drama revolving around Smith’s troubled life. The blonde beauty, who documented her life on a reality show and made headlines for a battle for the estate of her oil tycoon husband, fell into an emotional decline after the sudden death of her son in 2006. She died the following year after suffering a drug overdose.
“This case never should have been brought,” Stern said outside the courtroom after the verdict.
“It has been four years of my life.”
Stern, Smith’s husband, added he hoped he could now grieve and move on with his life