Roommate of West Haven murder victim sentenced for distributing narcotics

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) –A 60-year-old West Haven woman living in the home of a murder victim from 2015 was sentenced today for distributing narcotics.

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Deborah Miller was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 6 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Miller was one of the roommates to Edward Brooks who investigators say was murdered at his West Haven home on 59 Front Ave, and who’s body was later discovered in Hamden.

According to court documents and statements made in court revealed that at approximately 11:00 a.m. on July 4, 2015, an explosion took place on Wintergreen Ave. in Hamden.  Responding law enforcement located a deceased white male, who had been wrapped in plastic garbage bag material and bound by rope material, in a wooded area close to where the explosion had occurred.  An explosive-type device and debris were also located in close proximity to the body.  The victim, who had also sustained three apparent gunshot wounds, was identified Brooks.

After West Haven Police informed investigators that Brooks had been residing at 59 Front Ave. in West Haven, and that the residents of 59 Front Avenue, including Miller, were subjects of an ongoing narcotics investigation, investigators executed a state narcotics search and seizure warrant at 59 Front Avenue and seized numerous items, including pipe bomb making materials that were consistent with the materials found at the Wintergreen Ave. explosion scene, approximately 16 grams of cocaine base (“crack cocaine), approximately 10.6 grams of methamphetamine and narcotics packaging material.  Investigators also seized a surveillance DVR, which captured video surveillance from eight cameras placed around the residence.

The investigation revealed that between Sept. 2014 and July 2015, Miller and others conspired to distribute at least 1.6 kilograms of crack cocaine.

Miller has been detained since her arrest on July 13, 2015.  On April 25, 2016, she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base, crack cocaine.