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The Psychiatrist Who Kills a Psychiatrist is sentenced to prison

After murdering his psychiatrist, a patient was sentenced to four years in prison.

According to reports in the news, Umar Dutt, then age 21 was taken to psychiatrist Achutha Reddy’s office in Wichita, Kansas, on September 19, 2017. in the hope of holding the doctor hostage. Reddy’s office manager reported that he heard noises emanating from the office, and upon entering, he found Dutt assaulting the 57-year-old Reddy.

Reddy fled the building , but she intervened and Dutt followed him. Dutt eventually stabbed Reddy more than 160 times. Dutt than ran over Reddy’s body.

The patient was arrested the next day and entered an “not guilty” plea in Sedgwick County District Court 2019. Dutt was put in county jail on $1 million bail.

He changed his plea from guilty to guilty in September 2021. He was sentenced on 9 November.

According to news reports, Dutt will be eligible for parole after 25 years. He will be eligible for credit for time served of 4 years. The defense attorneys and prosecutors and the judge urged Dutt serve his sentence in the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility because of a background of mental illness.

KWCH reports that the Kansas Department of Corrections will ultimately decide the place where Dutt will be incarcerated.

Reddy was survived by his wife and three children.

In Dutt’s sentencing hearing Reddy’s widow, Beena Reddy, MD, a Wichita-based anesthesiologist, reportedly told the court: “My children and I have been devastated by the death of Achutha. Our stability and security, our peace of mind, has been destroyed by the deliberate, evil actions of Umar Dutt.”

Alicia Ault is a Lutherville Maryland-based freelance journalist who’s work has been featured in various publications, including JAMA,, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. You can follow her @aliciaault on Twitter.

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