2017-12-06 / Local

West Bath man receives 14-year sentence for distributing opioids

Court: girlfriend died from overdose
The Times Record

WEST BATH

A West Bath has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for distributing heroin and fentanyl.

Mickey Gilley, 35, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to the prison term and three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to the charges on Aug. 1, according to a press release.

According to court records, on Sept. 20, 2016, Gilley distributed heroin and fentanyl to a former girlfriend, who died as a result of using the drugs. At the time, he was prohibited from having contact with her due to bail conditions imposed in a felony domestic violence case.

After Gilley discovered she was non-responsive, “he failed to call emergency personnel because, as he admitted, he feared being arrested for violating his bail conditions,” the release states.

In imposing the sentence, Chief Judge Nancy Torresen noted that Gilley chose his own liberty over the life of his former girlfriend.

“This case combines two of the biggest challenges facing Maine — the illegal distribution of opiates and domestic violence,” U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank said. “Heroin and fentanyl are deadly poisons that are killing Mainers in record numbers.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine is working closely with the Office of the Maine Attorney General to make the investigation and prosecution of these cases a priority,” he added. “The investigation and prosecution of cases involving domestic violence has long been, and will continue to be a priority, as well.”

The investigation was conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Sagadahoc and Lincoln county sheriff ’s offices, and the Maine State Police.

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