A Sonora-area doctor convicted of triple manslaughter and sentenced to serve five years, four months in prison will likely be transferred to the custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation within the next 30 days.

As of Tuesday, Dr. Danny Anderson remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail following his sentencing on Friday for his role in causing an October 2016 collision on J-59 in La Grange that killed three people and injured three others.

Sgt. Andrea Benson said the specific date of his transfer would not be released because of safety issues.

The date would be selected after required paperwork was issued to the county and available staffing of Tuolumne County Jail transportation employees, she said.

Benson added that Anderson had an upcoming court date “regarding paperwork” that would have to happen before his transfer.

Employees of the Tuolumne County Superior Court said information about Anderson’s upcoming court date was not available.

Anderson will be transferred to Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, and CDCR staff will determine the permanent facility where he will serve his sentence.

Anderson was issued 269 days time served, approximately double the amount of time he served in the Tuolumne County Jail between his conviction and sentencing.

Danny Anderson faced a maximum sentence of 10 years, four months. Judge Donald Segerstrom reduced the potential prison time on Anderson’s vehicular manslaughter charges because he had no criminal record.

Anderson’s sentencing will also initiate a confidential process by the Medical Board of California to review his medical license, which expires on June 30.

“Just like we do with any felony conviction, we are looking into it,” said Carlos Villatoro, public information officer with the Medical Board of California.

Villatoro said he could not confirm that the Medical Board of California received information regarding Anderson’s sentencing.

According to the Medical Board of California licensing website, Anderson’s conviction was recorded with the office, but sentencing details have not been updated.

Anderson was issued his medical license on May 5, 1977, after completing medical school at the Loma Linda School of Medicine near San Bernardino two years earlier. He previously managed a practice on the 600 block of Guzzi Lane in Sonora.

The investigation to determine if Anderson will face disciplinary action by the board because of his felony convictions will likely take over two years, Villatoro said.

Villatoro cited a 2017-18 annual report by the California Medical Board that averaged in the past year; 98 days for the complaint to be processed by the board, 316 days for an investigation by non-sworn persons (if sworn peace officers investigate the process can take up to 510 days), 63 days for the California Attorney General’s Office to file a charging document against a physician, and 322 days for an administrative law judge to issue a disciplinary decision to the board for a decision.

Villatoro said the process was confidential until the board made a final decision.

At the start of the process the board will review the facts of the case. An investigation will determine if Anderson violated the terms of his medical license, Villatoro said.

When the investigation is over, the information will be sent to the Attorney General’s Office, which can file an accusation against Anderson on behalf of the medical board to begin an administrative review of his license.

A physician has up to 10 days to file a notice of defense to the accusation. The physician can plead their case to an administrative law judge or agree to a plea bargain with the Attorney General’s office.

Villatoro said Anderson would still be able to participate while in the custody of CDCR.

“If they are in custody they still have the same opportunities to participate in the process. Their due process doesn't go away just because they are in custody,” he said.

If an agreement isn’t reached, the administrative judge writes a proposed decision to the board.

The board can then determine disciplinary action against the physician, which can include license revocation, probation or a public reprimand.

According to the annual report, the medical board took 450 disciplinary actions in the past year related to violations such as gross negligence, inappropriate prescribing and unprofessional conduct.

In 59 cases, a medical license was revoked, 98 cases resulted in a surrender of the license, which is the result of an agreement with the Attorney General’s Office to not admit guilt, 139 cases resulted in probation and 133 cases resulted in a public reprimand.

Villatoro said revocation of a medical license does not mean the license was revoked for life.

Cases are issued specific disciplinary actions based on the facts of the violation, he said.

Villatoro said Anderson would still be eligible to apply for the renewal of his license before it expires on June 30.

The renewal process is separate from the disciplinary process, but the board evaluates previous discipline and convictions if a physician applies to renew, he said.

Licenses expire every two years, he said.

On Nov. 1, 2017, Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Kevin Seibert denied a motion submitted by the California Attorney General’s Office to revoke Anderson’s medical license.

At the time, Seibert said Anderson was accused of the crime and the accusation was not related to patient care.

Anderson has been held in the Tuolumne County Jail since Sept. 7 after being convicted by a jury on July 25 of three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, reckless driving, hit and run, and the misdemeanor charge of obstructing a police investigation.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.

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