MONTICELLO – A Monticello man was sentenced in Sullivan County Court on Thursday to eight years in state prison followed by three years of post-release supervision for his part in a January 7 robbery and a January 6 sale of heroin in the Village of Monticello.
Matthew Miller, also known as “Kruddy,” 22, of Monticello, pled guilty in April to felony criminal sale of drugs and felony robbery. At the time of his plea, Miller admitted to selling heroin to another person on January 6 and participating in a robbery of another man together with four other men on January 7, all in the Shaker Heights housing complex in Monticello.
The victim arrived at the housing complex to meet Miller, who lured him into a dark area, where he was robbed of cash and a cell phone by Miller and the others.
Miller was located by police in a vehicle containing other alleged participants in the robbery. Miller was arrested on the charges following an investigation by Monticello and Liberty village police departments, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and State Police.
Executive Assistant DA Meagan Galligan recommended that Miller be sentenced to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence available under the plea agreement. Miller’s attorney asked the court to sentence him to five years in prison. Judge Frank LaBuda imposed the eight-year sentence.
“This case underscores my office’s commitment to holding violent felons to account,” District Attorney James Farrell said. “This defendant not only distributed heroin into our community, but perpetrated, together with others, a violent robbery during which the victim was threatened with what appeared to be a gun. Miller now has to answer for these crimes by spending the next eight years in state prison.”