Schuyler County Court sentenced 33 year old Julie Miller after discovering methamphetamine materials in her home.
This comes after New York State Police executed a search warrant on her home on June 14, 2018.
The defendant was arrested and brought into County Court on the B Felony charge of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, (possession of more than 1/8 ounce of methamphetamine, with intent to sell) and the D Felony charge: Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Third Degree. The defendant had previously pled guilty to all charges on February 7, 2019. The case was prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew C. Hayden and no plea bargain offer was made in the case.
At sentencing Chief ADA Hayden argued that the defendant should be sentenced to state prison, because the defendant was known as the local “Queenpin” and was the major methamphetamine cook and distributor in Schuyler County at the time of her arrest. He described how her manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine was known to be poisoning our community. Chief ADA Hayden highlighted how the defendant was the focal person whom others brought pseudoephedrine to so that she could manufacture methamphetamine for further distribution.
The sentencing potential for the B Felony offense was up to 9 years in prison, with additional post-release supervision. During the sentencing, even the defense attorney acknowledged that his client was “a prolific meth cook”, and he noted that his client had previously failed while on probation. But, he also argued that because the defendant has sought drug treatment, and had been doing well while in treatment, that the court should sentence the defendant to probation.
Hon. Dennis J. Morris sentenced the defendant to 5 years probation, and the defendant forfeit the $370.00 in cash that she was found to possess when arrested.