PHOENIX (LAWFUEL) – Alvin Miller, 25 of Sacaton, Ariz., was sentenced yesterday to 14 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Martone. Miller pleaded guilty on November 12, 2008 to Robbery and Aggravated Assault.
On April 11, 2007, Miller and his brother took a man into their home for unknown reasons, then hog-tied the victim with bed sheets and beat him for several hours with fists, feet and a 20 pound barbell. Miller repeatedly threatened that he was going to kill the victim and stole money and property from him.
Police were alerted to the victim’s screams and responded to the house. When they arrived, the victim stumbled out of the front door and fell to the ground. Miller and some witnesses had left the scene out a back door. The victim was severely beaten and bloodied and had suffered the serious bodily injury including the loss of teeth.
Using the U.S. Sentencing guidelines, the judge sentenced Miller above the normal guideline range for these offenses due to the especially cruel and heinous nature of the assault and also based upon the inadequate representation of Miller’s criminal history.
Craig Miller was also charged and pleaded guilty on February 12, 2009 to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. His sentencing is set before Judge Martone on June 1, 2009.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Gila River Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Sharon Sexton, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: CR-08-307-PHX-FJM
RELEASE NUMBER: 2009-047(Miller)