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Shooter gets 13 years for violation

May 18, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

A Pennsylvania man involved in a two-state chase and shootout with police eight years ago has amassed more jail time in Maryland.

Robert Marshall Miller II was sentenced Tuesday by Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright to 13 years in prison for violation of probation on two counts of assault with intent to murder.

Miller, now 25, was 17 in May 1992 when he stole a gun from his father's house and two different cars near his Duncannon, Pa., home.

Pennsylvania authorities pursued Miller south on Interstate 81 at speeds up to 100 mph as he entered Maryland and began shooting out of his car at Maryland State Police troopers.

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Evidence revealed 21 rounds were fired from Miller's car.

The 45-mile chase, which was videotaped by police, ended in a field west of Hagerstown where Miller was seen attempting to run down Trooper Morris Shank with his car while the trooper was standing in the field.

Shank fired a shotgun blast into the side of the car, hitting Miller in the arm and bringing the episode to an end.

In Washington County Circuit Court in 1993, Miller was sentenced to 20 years in prison but saw that cut to three years after then Judge Daniel Moylan made Miller eligible for release in a few months, according to court records.

On Aug. 9, 1993, Moylan said he felt a responsibility to protect police from teenagers who have access to "killing weapons," court records said.

Four days later, Moylan dropped Miller's sentence dramatically, agreeing with defense attorney Wiley Rutledge that any prison sentence for the teen would be "tantamount to a death sentence," court records said.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Duane Gigeous said Miller was returned to Pennsylvania in 1993 to serve a 5 1/2 to 20 year sentence imposed in that state for the same incident.

After he was paroled in Pennsylvania, Miller was convicted of a robbery and criminal mischief for stealing a Johnstown, Pa., woman's car in 1998 and earned a new sentence of 18 months to three years, Gigeous said.

On Tuesday, Miller was returned to Pennsylvania to complete that sentence.

When that sentence is completed, Miller will be returned to Maryland to finish the 13-year sentence imposed Tuesday in Washington County.

His mandatory release date in Maryland is now 2013, Gigeous said.

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