BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A one-time doctor in the Valley who’s had his license to practice suspended indefinitely by the state will now spend the next year on probation and in counseling. On Tuesday, the criminal cases against Ali Kooshkabadi were finally closed.
For the second time in less than two weeks, Kooshkabadi appeared in a Mahoning County courtroom with his attorney pleading guilty. He agreed to plead to a reduced misdemeanor count of menacing.
“You understand you’re not gonna have a trial either to this court or to a jury? You understand?” asked Judge Joseph Houser.
Kooshkabadi had initially been charged with making terroristic threats following an incident early last month at a local store after employees told him he couldn’t buy a firearm. At the time, a protection order had been filed against the former physician by his estranged wife that prohibited him from having a weapon.
Similar charges were also filed against Kooshkabadi in Canfield. Although that case was resolved earlier this month, the Ohio Medical Board had already suspended his license to practice.
“These criminal matters, which all sorta stemmed from this set of coincidences that caused his mental health to be greatly affected,” said Atty. David Engler.
We learned on Tuesday that in addition to the incidents occurring last month in this area, authorities say there had also been an episode at a hospital where Kooshkabadi once practiced. As part of Tuesday’s plea, he’s been ordered to stay away from that facility as well.
But Kooshkabadi’s lawyer says problems may have started for his client late last summer when he was held up at gunpoint.
“That didn’t help matters either and it acted as this complete trigger to the person, and the mind can only take so much,” Engler said.
In court, Kooshkabadi was fined $250, given a suspended jail sentence and placed on a year’s probation. He was also ordered to continue his course of treatment.