CARIBOU, Maine — Two people were sentenced Tuesday for their part in a drug overdose that caused the death of a young Caribou woman.
Steven Doughty, 50, and Ashley Martin, 27, both of Caribou, were sentenced in Aroostook County Superior Court by Justice E. Allen Hunter in connection with the 2009 death of Tena L. McGraw, 29, of Caribou.
Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins said that in February 2009, Doughty gave one of his Fentanyl patches to Martin, who then gave it to McGraw. Collins said that Martin and McGraw consumed the medicine in the patches by mouth. McGraw was found dead in her home a short time later.
Her body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office, where an autopsy revealed that the cause of death was Fentanyl toxicity. Doughty originally was charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and Martin was charged with aggravated furnishing scheduled drugs.
Collins said Tuesday that Doughty accepted a plea deal and pled guilty to the reduced charge of trafficking in drugs. He was sentenced to five years in prison with all but 18 months suspended, along with two years of probation and a $400 fine. Additional conditions will accompany his probation.
Collins said that a remorseful Doughty was legally prescribed Fentanyl and admitted giving the patch to Martin, but Doughty said that he did not know she was going to give it to anyone else. He underwent drug treatment and is now drug free, according to Collins. He also reportedly went to his doctor and found a way to manage his medical condition without narcotics.
“He stepped up and accepted responsibility and made changes in his life,” said Collins. “So that helped his case.”
Martin also accepted responsibility quickly to police for her part in McGraw’s death. She pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs and was sentenced to five years in prison to be served concurrently with another sentence she already is serving. Collins said that Martin was found guilty of theft in 2010 and sentenced to four years in prison with all but two years suspended. She also was handed a $400 fine on the drug charge and in addition was found guilty Tuesday of three charges of violation of conditions of release. Martin was sentenced to six months in prison to be served concurrently with the five-year sentence.
Collins said that Hunter told a courtroom full of relatives of all parties that Tena McGraw was not the only victim in the case. He pointed out that her entire family would live a life without her in it, including her husband and children. Martin also has a child who will spend some of her youth without her mother.
“He pointed out that this type of loss ripples across the community,” said Collins. “The sense of loss isn’t just felt by the family, it is felt by friends and others who knew her, as well as the loved ones of Doughty and Martin.”