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Woman sentenced to three years for providing drugs that led to death

Knox County completed court cases for the week
By Stephen Betts | Oct 17, 2020

Rockland — A 30-year-old woman was sentenced to three years in prison for selling fentanyl to a Thomaston man who later died from an overdose of the drug.

Miranda Wotton Thayer of Dexter was sentenced Oct. 15 in the Knox County court to eight years in prison with all but three years suspended for trafficking in fentanyl. She was also placed on probation for three years, fined $400 and ordered to pay restitution of $4,000.

She pleaded no contest to the trafficking charge in December. No contest results in a conviction as if the person pleaded guilty but allows the convicted person to challenge the evidence in a civil trial.

The charge is in connection with the Jan. 6 death of 32-year-old Ryan Gamage of Thomaston.

She was held in jail from her arrest in July 2019 until April, when she was released to reduce the overcrowding at the Knox County Jail to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19. She is to report back to the Maine Department of Corrections to serve the sentence Jan. 8, 2021.

A co-defendant in the case — 40-year-old Joshua R. Nickerson, of Dexter — remains awaiting trial on his charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Other cases that were completed in the Knox County court from Oct. 9 through Oct. 16 were:

Joseph R. Dinapoli, 31, Cushing, terrorizing, dismissed; domestic violence assault, dismissed; assault on Nov. 9, 2018 in Thomaston, $300 fine; disorderly conduct on Nov. 7, 2018 in Thomaston, $500 fine; tampering with a witness, dismissed; criminal mischief, dismissed; violating condition of release on Nov. 9, 2019 in Rockland, $250 fine; criminal conspiracy on Nov. 9, 2019, $500 fine.

Gage Matthew Rector, 28, Union, theft on Oct. 17, 2018 in Rockland, $250 fine.

Nicole Dube, 34, Dayton, domestic violence assault with priors on March 25, 2019 in Rockport, 364 days in jail with all but 73 days suspended, one-year probation; domestic violence assault, dismissed.

Heather Dozier, 39, Skowhegan, trafficking in prison contraband, dismissed; unlawful possession of drug on Dec. 22, 2018 in Warren, $400 fine.

Jean White, 60, Glenburn, trafficking in prison contraband, dismissed; unlawful possession of drug on Aug. 30, 2018 in Warren, $400 fine.

Ruth Lyn Foss, 38, Farmington, trafficking in prison contraband, dismissed; unlawful possession of drug on Nov. 25, 2017 in Warren, 180 days jail with all but 48 hours suspended, one-year probation, $400 fine.

John Joseph Flaherty, 39, Rockland, domestic violence assault, dismissed; assault on Aug. 4, 2019 in Camden, $300 fine.

William Deane Jr., 44, Friendship, probation violation, nine months in jail.

Sigward W. Beckman Sr., 51, Vinalhaven, operating under the influence, 48 hours jail, 150-day license suspension, $500 fine; refusing to submit to arrest, 48 hours jail; violating condition of release, dismissed.

Samuel T. Watkinson, 30, attaching false plates, $100 fine.

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Gayle Murphy | Oct 19, 2020 13:03
Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Oct 18, 2020 20:09

Perhaps a 'conservative' appointee judge that had to have a 'liberal' take the bar exam for them.

Posted by: Ronald Pendleton | Oct 18, 2020 19:41

All those dismissals are probably plea bargains

Posted by: Gayle Murphy | Oct 18, 2020 16:07

That’s what liberals refer to as “social justice”, and DA, Natasha Irving is the “Queen” of it. Loosely translated it means . . . “Never Held Accountable”. She gives them deferred disposition which means if they stay out of trouble for the year following, then the crime is expunged from their record.


John Murphy

Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | Oct 18, 2020 13:45

Is it just me or are there a disproportionate amount of dismissals of crimes by our District Attorney?  I am sure there are many good reasons but the victims may disagree.

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