22-year-old pleads guilty to robbing drug dealer

A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to the armed robbery of a drug dealer he requested to come to his Old Lycoming Township home.

Marcus Joseph-Le Miller, formerly of 2000 Mill Lane Apt. 7, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking and terroristic threats in Lycoming County court.

Miller admitted Friday to requesting the dealer come to his apartment to buy marijuana from him on July 19.

When he arrived, Miller and another male pointed guns at him, telling him he wasn’t allowed to leave until he gave them the marijuana and the money. The dealer left the home and called the police.

Early the next morning, Old Lycoming Township and South Williamsport police, with the help of the county’s Special Response Team, took Miller into custody.

While searching his home police found a semi-automatic rifle and handgun, marijuana and an undisclosed amount of money. He said Friday that he wasn’t intending to selling any of the stolen marijuana, but that it was all for personal use.

Miller was placed in county prison in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to court records. He has been there since his arrest.

By pleading guilty, Miller accepted an agreement for a maximum county prison sentence of 24 months less than one day and a consecutive period of probation.

The minimum, which is decreed by President Judge Nancy L. Butts, could be as much as 12 months.

He is entitled to credit for the time he has already been incarcerated.

The two charges together carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and $20,000, Butts said.

Miller was initially also charged with robbery, receiving stolen property, unlawful restraint and simple assault.

He will be sentenced on Jan. 16.