Three sentenced in 2022 Pamlico County overdose

PAMLICO COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Three people have been sentenced after pleading stemming from a 2022 overdose death at a Pamlico County home.

On June 1st, 2022, first responders were called to a home near Grantsboro for an unresponsive woman. Megan Gaylord, 33, was taken to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Autopsy results showed Gaylord died as a result of fentanyl overdose.

Police say that when first responders got to the home that night Gaylord’s body was sitting in a recliner and that it looked like she had been dead for some time before emergency services were called.

According to police, the investigation showed that Mathew Dunham, 39, of Grantsboro, had arrived home that night to find Gaylord suffering from a fentanyl overdose inside a bedroom in the home. Police said that Dunham waited about an hour before calling his neighbors; 58-year-old Mitchell Sadler and 42-year-old Christina Sadler, who came to the home to help Dunham.

Police say that Mitchell Sadler and Dunham removed narcotics and drug paraphernalia from the house and did not call 911 until after Gaylord had passed away. Police say that they put Gaylord’s clothes on her, moved her body into the living room, and propped it in the recliner where it was found by responding deputies and EMS personnel.

Police arrested Dunham and the Sadlers, charging all three in Gaylord’s death.

Matthew Dunham pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and received the highest available sentence of 36 to 53 months imprisonment after the State filed a notice of aggravating sentencing factor, claiming that Dunham was the leader of the group.

Mitchell Sadler pleaded guilty to felony obstruction of justice and was sentenced to 24 months of supervised probation and as a condition of probation ordered to serve four months in custody.

Christina Sadler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice and was sentenced to probation.

All three were each ordered to pay $3,595.00 in restitution as part of their sentences.