Mickey Gilley Credit: Courtesy of Bath Police Department

A West Bath man who pleaded guilty in August to selling heroin and fentanyl to a former girlfriend who then died from the drugs was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in federal prison.

Mickey Gilley, 35, will also serve three years of supervised release, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank.

Gilley was charged with the Class C felony of knowingly and intentionally distributing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl resulting in death following the Sept. 20, 2016, incident. He allegedly obtained heroin mixed with the painkiller fentanyl from a Portland supplier, and later that day distributed it to a West Bath woman, who consumed it and died as a result, former U.S. Attorney David B. Joyce said in May.

At the time of the crime and her death, Gilley was legally prohibited from having contact with her due to bail conditions resulting from a felony domestic assault conviction.

After Gilley found the woman unresponsive, he failed to call for an ambulance because — he admitted — he was afraid he’d be arrested for violating his bail, according to the release.

Gilley faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million, according to court documents.

Chief Judge Nancy Torresen said at the sentencing that Gilley chose his liberty over the life of the woman, according to the release.

“This case combines two of the biggest challenges facing Maine – the illegal distribution of opiates and domestic violence,” Frank said in the release. “Heroin and fentanyl are deadly poisons that are killing Mainers in record numbers. … The investigation and prosecution of cases involving domestic violence has long been, and will continue to be a priority, as well.”

The investigation was conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Sagadahoc and Lincoln county sheriff’s offices, and the Maine State Police.

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