A routine hearing in Anaconda district court Wednesday resulted in five years of prison time for a former drug treatment center doctor who has faced a slew of substance abuse-related allegations since 2015.
Mark Jay Catalanello appeared in court for an evidentiary hearing involving a 2016 case in which he pleaded guilty to an aggravated DUI, among several other substance abuse-related charges.
Catalanello received a seven-year deferred sentence in the 2016 case but recently faced new charges as well as having the 2016 sentence revoked after Anaconda police discovered him in possession of cocaine, marijuana, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop in July. In addition, Catalanello had a case pending from a February traffic stop and arrest during which police discovered Adderall, a drug commonly prescribed to people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, inside his vehicle.
During Wednesday’s proceedings, it was noted that Catalanello and Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Attorney Ben Krakowka had reached a plea agreement involving the three cases.
As per the conditions of the agreement, Catalanello admitted Wednesday to several parole-violation allegations and pleaded guilty to charges in the February and July incidents. He was sentenced to seven years with two years deferred for the 2016 charges and received two five-year sentences in the two other cases.
Krakowka on Wednesday described Catalanello as a man with “potential,” given his education and medical background.
During the sentencing, Judge Ray Dayton agreed, noting “(this outcome) is very disappointing because of the potential that Mr. Krakowka talks about.”
Dayton went on to say that Catalanello had “great opportunity” to seek treatment during his suspended sentence and that knowledge of the treatment options available is “on his resume.”
Meanwhile, Catalanello’s two five-year sentences are to be served concurrently.