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Maryland Appellate Court Affirms Manslaughter Conviction For Defendant Christina Granados McCauley

Christina Granados McCauley, 61

UPDATE: ANNAPOLIS, MD - On April 29, 2020, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, in a reported opinion, affirmed Defendant Christina Granados McCauley's conviction for involuntary manslaughter after a St. Mary's County jury found her guilty, by unanimous verdict after a multi-day jury trial in December 2017, for her involvement with distributing carfentanil, which caused the overdose and death to another individual.

State's Attorney Richard Fritz would like to thank the members of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office's Narcotics Unit and the Maryland State Police's Central South Narcotics Unit for the successful investigation and prosecution of this Defendant. Deputy State's Attorney Jaymi Sterling and State's Attorney Richard Fritz were the prosecutors for this case.


Leonardtown, MD- On Monday, April 20, 2018, Judge Karen Abrams sentenced a Leonardtown woman for her connection in the fatal overdose death of Mary Nell Miller in June of 2017.

Late last year, a jury found Christina Granados McCauley, now 59, guilty of involuntary manslaughter, controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession, CDS distribution of narcotics and reckless endangerment.

The autopsy on Miller showed she died from a combination of drugs, including Carfentanil, a powerful opioid used as a tranquilizer for large animals and 100 times more powerful than morphine.

McCauley still maintains she did not sell Miller the drugs that killed her but during sentencing Abrams reminded McCauley a jury disagreed.

Abrams read a statement that McCauley made during the pre-sentencing investigation. “I had no drugs that day. I had nothing do with her [Miller] death. I’m sorry she died but I feel no remorse because I had nothing to do with it. I’m innocent.”

Abrams said, “You’re not innocent. You were convicted.” Abrams went on to point out McCauley has a criminal record dating back to 1986, including several drug-related convictions. “If people weren’t selling drugs laced with Carfentanil, there wouldn’t be overdose deaths.” Abrams acknowledged St. Mary’s State’s Attorney Richard Fritz’s attempt to make an impact on our society by pursing charges against drug dealers linked with deadly overdoses.

Abrams sentenced McCauley to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter and eight years for distribution with all eight years suspended. McCauley was also sentenced to five years for reckless endangerment and one year for possession. Those sentences were merged with the distribution sentence.

Abrams ordered McCauley to five years of supervised probation upon release and as a condition of her probation she must participate in a substance abuse treatment program. If McCauley violates her probation, she will be required to serve the eight year suspended sentenced.

McCauley has five more cases pending against her in St. Mary’s County. She’s scheduled to stand trial on several charges for CDS possession and distribution starting Tuesday, April 3.

McCauley has several other drug convictions in St. Mary’s County. In December of 2016, she pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and received a one year suspended sentence and was placed on probation for two years.

In March of 2010, McCauley pleaded guilty to CDS possession-not marijuana and received a suspended six month sentence and 18 months of probation.

In November of 2009, McCauley pleaded guilty to CDS possession-not marijuana. She received an 18 month suspended sentence and was placed on probation for three years.

Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

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