Drug dealer sentenced 15 years for overdose death of Camillus woman

Drug dealer sentenced 15 years for overdose death of Camillus woman

A Central New York man who sold a deadly dose of heroin to a pregnant woman learned his fate Tuesday.

Anthony Vita was sentenced to 15 years in prison with 15 years supervised release.

He pleaded guilty in March to a federal charge in the death of Morgan Axe.

This was the first time federal prosecutors used the law in this way to charge a drug dealer with homicide.

In November 2015, 24-year-old Morgan Axe was five months pregnant when she overdosed on a batch of fentanyl-laced heroin.

Court documents reveal the sale had been arranged on Facebook.

It is a day Morgan's mother, Deanna Axe, has been waiting for and one that was full of sadness and some relief.

"Career level drug dealers like Anthony Vita need to punished for what they have done and they need to be held accountable for what they have done but it truly doesn't take away any of the pain," Axe said.

During the sentencing on Tuesday at the federal court house in Syracuse, the benches were full of Morgan's family and friends.

Deanna got up to speak, looking right at Anthony Vita as she talked.

With a lot of emotion, and at times through tears, she said Vita shattered her life and deserves every second of his sentence.

She said Morgan should not be remembered by how she died but how she lived.

"Morgan had overcome a lot of her demons and she was always so strong and so positive and so hopeful. That's what I want her legacy to be," Axe said.

Morgan's life was on the upswing.

She was sober and looking forward to having a baby, but her addiction crept back in, sadly losing her life to it.

Deanna said it is a tragedy that is happening all across the country.

"If it hasn't touched you in some way shape or form - it will. It will and it will very quickly. We're losing 150 people a day to this plague. It's become more than an epidemic. It's become a plague," Deanna said.

When Vita spoke in court, he took full responsibility for Morgan's death and apologized several times to her family and his family for what he had done.

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