New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
November 2, 2018

Kate Spiner, Director of Communications

Benjamin J. Agati, Senior Assistant Attorney General
(603) 419-0124 /

Nicholas Chong-Yen, Attorney

Guilty Plea in State v. Randy McGibbon

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Bristol Police Chief James McIntire announce that Randy McGibbon, age 25 of Danbury, NH, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Grafton County Superior Court, on one felony count of dispensing a controlled drug, death resulting, for dispensing a combination of drugs that took the life of Melissa Ray, age 29.

On July 14, 2015, Bristol Police and Fire Departments responded to 162 Lake Street Apartment #1, in Bristol for a reported drug overdose. Mr. McGibbon told investigators that he had traveled to Massachusetts and purchased a combination of what he believed to be heroin and cocaine. Then, on the evening of July 13, Mr. McGibbon convinced Ms. Ray to use the drugs with him. Ms. Ray had been sober for approximately 18 months before that night.

Ms. Ray's death was determined to have been caused by the combination of fentanyl and cocaine Mr. McGibbon gave her. As a result of Mr. McGibbon's criminal conduct, he was sentenced to 7 to 15 years at the New Hampshire State Prison, stand-committed, with 2½ years of the minimum sentence suspended for a period of 4½ years, restitution, and a suspended fine.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin J. Agati and Attorney Nicholas Chong-Yen of the Criminal Justice Bureau's Drug Unit.

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