Brothers jailed for their part in fatal UVM heroin overdose

UVM student Will Gates of Skowhegan, Maine died of a heroin overdose in March 2009. Now, one year later, the two New York brothers who acknowledged their parts in this fatal overdose are going to prison. Jordan Dougher, 29, and Jesse Dougher, 31, of Hudson Falls, N.Y., have just recently been sentenced in Vermont federal court to 16 years and 12 years in prison respectively, according to CBS New York. They previously pleaded guilty to selling large quantities of heroin from a ring that operated in Glens Falls, N.Y., and Burlington. Will Gates was 21 years old and studied genetics. “He was absolutely the last kid in the world you’d think would try heroin,” Skip Gates, Will’s father, told WCAX. “I miss him with every breath I take, and will for the rest of my life,” he said. Gates described his son as a tremendous skiier, student and good friend. Following Gate’s passing, UVM counselors and clinicians told press they intended to use the story of this skiier to reach students who may not relate to older drug messages like “Just Say No.”