Woman sentenced for role in drug case

JANELLE PATTERSON The Marietta Times Alicia Miller appears with her lawyer Rolf Baumgartel in Washington County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.

The only person left to be sentenced in an overdose case from last November is the drug dealer.

Alicia Miller, 34, of 4534 State Route 60, McConnelsville, was the third in the case to be sentenced Wednesday, for possession of fentanyl, a fifth-degree felony, and breach of recognizance, a fourth-degree felony.

Last fall task force agents conducted a search in Marietta after Miller, Brittany Wheeler and Jacob Rowe all overdosed on what they believed to be heroin provided by Justin Schroeder.

The four were arrested on Nov. 7.

“He’s confessed too and will be up for sentencing in a few weeks,” noted Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Joe Derkin of Schroeder.

Wheeler and Rowe were each previously sentenced to jail time, community control and rehabilitation in May. Miller also received the same sentence from Washington County Common Pleas Judge Mark Kerenyi.

“But so far she’s not shown a positive response to community control or prison,” noted Kerenyi during sentencing. “She shows no remorse for the offense.”

Kerenyi sentenced Miller to two years of community control and 120 days in jail with 66 days credit and assessment for drug rehabilitation.

“My understanding is that you overdosed?” he asked Miller in court. “Have you been in treatment before?”

“No, I’ve always been sent to prison,” Miller answered.

“And prison didn’t stop you?” Kerenyi followed.

“They don’t have real rehab in prison, it makes you angry,” said Miller.

“My hope is to save your life,” Kerenyi said.

“Thank you,” Miller replied.

Then Kerenyi added, noting a breach of recognizance when Miller did not appear for a pretrial hearing in February, that the additional fourth-degree felony charge made her prison eligible, whereas simply the drug charge did not.

“If she violates community control the court will impose the 18 months prison,” said the judge, noting two prior prison terms for drug trafficking in Ohio and West Virginia, the first in 2010, and multiple theft charges between them.

Miller pleaded guilty to both recent charges on April 27 and was afforded 66 days confinement credit for the fifth-degree felony and 46 days credit toward the fourth-degree felony.

At a glance

¯ Alicia Miller, 34, of 4534 State Route 60, McConnelsville, was sentenced to 120 days in jail and drug rehabilitation Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

¯ Miller previously pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl, a fifth-degree felony, and breach of recognizance, a fourth-degree felony.

¯ The maximum sentence she faced was 18 months in prison.

¯ Miller was the third of four defendants connected with an overdose case from last November.

Codefendants:

¯ Brittany Marie Wheeler, 27, of 450 Wittekind Road, Marietta, and Jacob Kyle Rowe, 26, of 202 Aurora St., Marietta, were both sentenced in May to 120 days in jail and drug rehabilitation.

¯ Justin Ryan Schroeder, 36, of 304 Kenwood St., is the final defendant to be sentenced. He is accused of supplying Miller, Wheeler and Rowe with heroin laced with fentanyl, upon which the three overdosed.

¯ Schroeder was originally indicted on 14 counts but in an agreement, all but two of the counts were dismissed. He pleaded guilty May 4 to aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in amphetamine, both fourth-degree felonies. The maximum penalties would be 36 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

¯ Schroeder’s sentencing hearing is set for June 26.

Source: Washington County Common Pleas Court.

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