Steroid doctor Richard Lucente sentenced to probation and community service.

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A Staten Island doctor accused of writing hundreds of prescriptions for illegal steroids was sentenced to a relatively light five years’ probation yesterday, the result of a plea deal cut mid-trial.

“I’m glad it’s over,” said Richard Lucente, 38. “I just want to get on with my life.”

Lucente was facing 30 years in prison on charges that he took cash payments from men — including some city cops — looking to illegally beef up.

But in the middle of trial in March, prosecutors agreed to the no-jail plea to the single charge of conspiracy, which calls for 200 hours of community service and the surrender of his medical licenses.

Lawyer John Meringolo said he turned down a 10-year offer right before trial began.

“The DA wanted, I believe, 10 years, and after three weeks of trial, they didn’t get 10 minutes,” he said.

As part of the deal, Lucente was required to admit only that he accepted $27,000 from Lowen’s, a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, pharmacy, to refer patients.

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