West Haven man sentenced to 30 years for killing, attempting to destroy body of roommate
A city man is set to serve decades in prison after killing another resident and attempting to destroy his body with a pipe bomb, according to a release.
Christopher Miller, 43, of West Haven, was sentenced to 360 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release, according to the office of the U.S. attorney for Connecticut.
Miller pleaded guilty to murder, use of a firearm by a felon and evidence tampering in March 2017.
Law enforcement responded to Wintergreen Avenue in Hamden after an explosion took place on July 4, 2015, finding a deceased white male wrapped in a plastic bag and bound by a rope in a wooded area. The man, later identified as Edward Brooks, 39, of West Haven, had been shot three times.
An investigation revealed that Miller had shot Brooks and attempted to destroy his body. The two resided together in West Haven, where Miller and other residents of the home “were subjects of an ongoing narcotics investigation,” according to the release.
Police seized 16 grams of cocaine, 10.6 grams of methamphetamine, and “pipe bomb making materials that were consistent with the materials found at the Wintergreen Avenue explosion scene” from the West Haven residence, according to the release.
“The investigation further revealed that in the year prior to Brooks’ murder, (Miller) distributed at least 1.6 kilograms of crack cocaine, as well as other narcotics,” said the U.S. attorney’s office in the release.
Another man, Maurice Wearing, aided Miller in attempting to destroy Brooks’ remains, according to the release.
He previously “pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute (cocaine) and one count of possession of an explosive by a convicted felon” and has yet to be sentenced, according to the release.