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Moreau drug dealer gets 10 years in prison

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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— A convicted drug dealer from Moreau was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said Christopher M. VanGuilder, 47, of Route 9, was sentenced to consecutive five-year terms for separate drug sales that occurred the same day.

VanGuilder was convicted April 4 of felony criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance after a week-long jury trial in Saratoga County Court. Judge Jerry J. Scarano, who oversaw the trial, handed down the sentence.

In addition to the prison time, VanGuilder will have three years of post-release supervision on each conviction, for a total of six years.

Murphy said one sale for which VanGuilder was convicted occurred about 2:30 p.m. April 26, 2013, while the other occurred about two hours later.

The charges stemmed from a sting operation conducted by the Saratoga County sheriff’s drug unit. Murphy said the unit learned through sources and investigation that VanGuilder was cooperating with and letting drug dealers from New York City stay in his mobile home, essentially allowing them to open up shop in his home for local sales. Throughout the trial, testimony was offered that VanGuilder would facilitate the deals using his local contacts, Murphy said.

“Assistant [District Attorney Jesse] Ashdown set forth a compelling case for consecutive sentences, and I think Judge Scarano should be commended for sending a strong message of punishment and deterrence,” Murphy said.

Ashdown noted VanGuilder was convicted of a similar crime in 2004 in Warren County and served six years in prison. State records indicate he was released in 2010 after serving the maximum term.

Defense attorney Tucker Stanclift has said an appeal of the trial conviction is possible. He said VanGuilder was himself an addict and was acting as a middle man on behalf of the drug buyers, not the drug sellers.

 
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