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March 10, 2009

Drug dealer pleads in teen OD case

PLATTSBURGH — A week before he was set to go on trial, a drug dealer has admitted to giving prescriptions to a Plattsburgh teen who overdosed and died.

Scott Miller, 29, returned to Clinton County Court this week for what was supposed to be a pre-trial hearing, but he instead pleaded guilty to three charges: a reduced felony drug-sale charge and two drug-possession charges.

The Plattsburgh man has been facing a string of charges since 17-year-old Julia Del Signore was found dead at a Seth Square apartment last year.

Miller was not charged for the teen's death but was accused of giving her painkillers and possessing more than $65,000 worth of illegal pills.

Authorities believe the teen had consumed a range of medications before she died but that Miller provided her with the last pills she took before her death last June.

Del Signore's boyfriend, 19-year-old Michael Warren, was also arrested after the overdose, accused of tampering with evidence and possessing painkillers. He later pleaded guilty to one of three charges and is on probation.

Miller, who previously admitted to having an addiction problem, will be sentenced May 18 before Judge Kevin Ryan.

His attorney, Brian Barrett, said the negotiated plea calls for a four-year prison sentence, followed by three years of post-release supervision.

Barrett said the plea allowed his client to avoid a much longer prison sentence had he been convicted on the 13-count indictment at trial.

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