Man withdraws pleas in drug case tied to fatal overdose

Deadly overdose sentencing

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A man police say provided heroin to a mother of four who died from an overdose withdrew guilty pleas in the case and will now head to trial.

Anthony Lee Wiles was to be sentenced in Kent County Circuit Court Thursday, June 8 for delivery of heroin and methamphetamine.  He opted to withdraw his guilty pleas after learning his prison term might be longer than what he anticipated.

Under a plea agreement, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office recommended that Wiles serve a minimum of between 4¼ and seven years in prison. That agreement was not binding on the sentencing judge, however.

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Wiles in April pleaded guilty to two felony drug charges that carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Two previous sentence hearings were adjourned. With today’s plea withdrawal, he will now stand trial before Kent County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Leiber.

“Plea bargain is off,’’ Leiber told Wiles as he left the court. “All calculation of (sentencing) guidelines will be as they really are.’’

Wiles in Feb. 2016 was sentenced to several months in jail for selling heroin to undercover officers in a gas station parking lot on Bridge Street near Lane Avenue NW in Grand Rapids. His Oct. 2015 arrest in that case came three days after police say he provided heroin to a Belding area woman who died from an overdose.

Kathleen M. Webster, a 33-year-old mother of four children, was found dead Oct. 5, 2015. She died from a mixture of heroin and methamphetamine, according to her death certificate.

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