Medina man sentenced to 8 years for meth lab
2 others are sentenced in county court, including Batavia man for child rape
ALBION – A Medina man was sentenced to 8 years in state prison today for his role in operating a methamphetamine lab in Shelby.
Joshua L. Miller, 36, of 4706 East Shelby Rd. was arrested in July 2015 after police found an active meth in a camping trailer at Miller’s address.
Miller had a prior felony and five prior misdemeanors before his arrest in July 2015. He faced numerous felonies with the meth lab for criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd degree and 1 count of criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine.
Miller in court today said his criminal behavior has occurred when he was either drunk or high on drugs. His attorney, David Owens, asked County Court Judge James Punch to send Miller to a shock facility or alternative to incarceration.
Punch said Miller is deserving of a long prison sentence.
“You are a perpetrator of serious crimes and you have been profiting from serious crimes which lead to more addicts in our community and people struggling with their lives,” Punch said.
Miller was responsible for introducing a new and dangerous drug into the community, Punch said.
In other sentencings today:
• Nicholas L. McKague, 24, of West Main Street Road in Batavia was sentenced to seven years in state prison after he allegedly raped a 5-year-old child in Clarendon in 2011.
McKague faced charges of endangering the welfare of a child and course of sexual conduct against a child. He attorney, David Owens, asked that mental health counseling be available for McKague.
Judge Punch said McKague’s “serious crimes” warranted state prison, as well as five years of post-release supervision.
He said McKague hasn’t shown remorse for the crimes. The judge also assessed McKague a $1,000 victim fee, $325 court surcharge and $50 DNA fee.
• A Shelby man who allegedly used his job as a taxi driver to sell crack cocaine and transport a drug dealer to customers – and to transport customers to the drug dealer – was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation.
Roy W. Bishop, 42, of 11345 Main St. in February was arrested on charges of criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree as well as conspiracy in the fourth degree.
Because he is a first-time felony offender, Bishop wasn’t sentenced to state prison, Judge Punch said.
Bishop has been in drug addiction counseling through GCASA and has been working to rebuild his life, his attorney, Jon Ross Wilson, told the judge during sentencing today.