Wilton woman pleads guilty in connection to overdose death

Posted May 31, 2013, at 8:35 a.m.
Terry Oliver
Franklin County Jail
Terry Oliver

FARMINGTON, Maine — A Wilton woman pleaded guilty Thursday to selling her morphine pills, an act that led to the drug overdose death of Farmington woman on Nov. 11.

Terry Oliver, 54, pleaded guilty to the felony charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. She also pleaded guilty to violation of condition of release in connection to the case, according to Franklin County Superior Court documents.

A charge of tampering with a witness was dismissed, court documents state.

Oliver was indicted on all three charges earlier this month and is being held without bail at the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta.

Sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 28 in Franklin County Superior Court.

She faces up to 10 years in prison on the drug charge.

Oliver is one of five co-defendants Farmington police arrested on Feb. 14 in connection to the death of Marilyn Rider, 52. Police found Rider dead at her residence at 103 Silver Maple Lane in November, a day after a birthday party.

Co-defendants Roy Gordon, 42, of Wilton, Rider’s boyfriend, and Scott Kidder, 32, of Wilton bought morphine pills from Oliver and Gordon admitted giving some of them to Rider, who injected herself with them, according to Assistant District Attorney James Andrews.

Court documents also stated that Gordon’s son, Seth Gordon, 23, of Wilton told police that all of Rider’s doses were drawn up by Roy Gordon.

Farmington’s police investigation revealed information about the source of the morphine and drug activity involving the five, according to Farmington Police Chief Jack Peck.

A Feb. 13 report by the state’s chief medical examiner concluded she died of a drug overdose.

According to court documents, Roy Gordon couldn’t wake Rider and called his mother. Once his mother arrived, they called 911 to report Rider’s death.

Police obtained information from Rider’s son that the couple had used morphine the day before at Gordon’s birthday party in Wilton.

The son also told police that Gordon and Erik Barnes, 27, of Skowhegan, formerly of Industry, cleaned the apartment after Gordon found Rider. They removed several needles from the apartment before police or the ambulance arrived, according to court documents.

Police were permitted to search Gordon’s mother’s car, in which they found the box containing needles, spoons and prescription medicine, as described by Rider’s son.

Police also learned Kidder was at the party and used morphine. The pills were taken intravenously.

Gordon and Kidder bought the morphine pills from Terry Oliver on Nov. 10, police said.

In December, Oliver told police she had sold her prescription morphine, 112 30-milligram pills per month, for the past several months and before that, had sold her prescription oxycodone. Both drugs are addictive opiates.

Roy Gordon was indicted earlier this month on one felony count of unlawful furnishing of a scheduled drug. A conviction is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Seth Gordon was indicted on a felony count of unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.

Barnes was indicted on one count each of felony unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs and misdemeanor falsifying evidence. A conviction on the furnishing charge carries a sentence of up to five years in jail.

Kidder pleaded guilty in March in Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington to furnishing morphine. He received a three-year suspended sentence and two years of probation.

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