Man sentenced for deadly drugs in York County

President Judge Maria Musti Cook on Monday sentenced Gary Miller, 49, to serve seven to 14 years in prison.

Vicki Pitman began with showing the judge a picture of her granddaughter, who was 10 when her mother overdosed and died in York County. The girl had found her unresponsive on the floor. Pitman said she “just thought it was important to put a face to what happened” on June 28, 2018. That’s when her daughter, Anita Wiley, died of mixed substance toxicity in Peach Bottom Township. She was 40.

In a tearful statement, Pitman described how much pain and trauma her family has experienced in the past three years and implored the judge to hand down the maximum sentence. “Your honor,” Pitman said on Monday in the York County Judicial Center, “my daughter was not just another overdose.”

President Judge Maria Musti Cook later sentenced the man who provided the lethal dose of fentanyl, Gary Miller, 49, on a charge of drug delivery resulting in death to seven to 14 years in prison. That’s the maximum he could’ve received under a plea agreement previously struck in the case.

“There isn’t anything this court can do to bring back the life of Miss Wiley,” said Cook, who took a pause before lamenting that she will never really understand what it takes for someone to overcome substance use disorder.

Pitman was one of four family members who addressed the court. Wiley’s daughter was among those who spoke.

Korey Leslie, Miller’s attorney, said his client admitted to the Pennsylvania State Police that he supplied what he believed to be heroin but turned out to be fentanyl.

“He’s remorseful and he’s sorry. He feels horrible that he contributed to her death,” said Leslie, who asked for a sentence that started at four or 4 1/2 years in prison. “There’s no easy way to say it.”

Miller, he said, was himself addicted to drugs. He was even in a relationship with a woman who overdosed and died. “That didn’t even wake him up,” Leslie said. “He continued to use.”

Leslie discussed what he called the “tragic cycle of heroin and fentanyl and opioids in general”: the constant need to not feel sick. He said his client, though, has been doing well while out on supervised bail.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prosecutor Virginia Hobbs said while she did not dispute that Miller had a history of substance abuse, he was also a drug dealer.

Hobbs said Miller told investigators that he went to Baltimore to buy “raw dope,” which contains fentanyl. He reported that it sold so well he had to make a trip there every day.

Wiley, she said, did not reach out to Miller to buy heroin. Instead, Wiley contacted Miller because her car broke down. She was also dealing with other stresses in her life. That’s when he started talking about drugs.

“He brought her back to drugs,” Hobbs said.

When asked if he wished to make a statement, Miller, replied, “No, your honor.” He will receive credit for the 317 days that he previously spent incarcerated.

Credit: York Daily Record