Oct 26, 2015 6:37 PM
A Littleton man was sentenced to 10-30 years in prison for selling what he believed to be heroin - but turned out to be the powerful painkiller fentanyl to his friend, Edward Martin III, who died as a result.
Michael Millette made a plea deal and pleaded guilty to charges related to Martin's death as well as other several other charges in which he sold heroin and fentanyl to an undercover informant with the intent to sell.
“I will never forget the words, 'Laurie, Edward is now longer with us,' that came over the phone, on the night of Nov. 30, 2014,” said Martin’s mother, Lauren Rigget, in the Grafton County courthouse today.
His mother recallied that night back in November of last year when her son’s body was found in the bathroom of a Quizno’s restaurant on Main Street in Littleton.
Also in court Monday, Martin’s partner and sister also remember their loved one as they tried to fight back tears.
We all have our ways of coping with our own personal struggles,” said Erica Marble, the mother of Martin’s two young children. “Some worse than others. What started out as coping turned quickly into an addiction which then turned into a disease.”
Marble said he made several attempts to get sober.
“There are not enough words to describe what I've lost,” said Amanda Ecclesta, Martin’s sister. “My little brother was taken from me. Even though we fought a lot, he was always there for me."
The state says Millette never had a criminal history with drugs, had never been to jail, and had no idea he was selling fentanyl.
His addiction began after a job-related injury when he was younger that led to a painkiller addiction and then to heroin.
But now there are two families torn apart, and Martin’s family is still trying to come to terms with his death.
“Although I'm grateful he's not suffering anymore, my children and I will only know him through our memories,” said Marble.
Millette will serve the next 10 to 30 years behind bars.
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