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Hagerstown man sentenced to 40 years for toddler's child-abuse death

December 06, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
  • Brian Michael Miller is charged with 16 counts, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Logan Sellers, according to court documents.
Brian Michael Miller is charged with 16 counts, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Logan Sellers, according to court documents.

A Hagerstown man was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to 40 years in prison for the 2011 death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

Brian Michael Miller, 34, formerly of 360 Buena Vista Ave., pleaded guilty Sept. 11 to first-degree child abuse resulting in death and two counts of second-degree felony child abuse in the death of Logan Sellers.

Circuit Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Miller to the maximum of 30 years for first-degree child abuse resulting in death and added 10 more years for one of the second-degree child abuse convictions. Miller received a 15-year suspended sentence for the other second-degree child abuse conviction, plus five years of supervised probation after his release.

Because they were crimes of violence, Miller could serve half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson said after the sentencing.

More than a dozen friends and relatives of Logan’s mother, Amanda Sellers, were present in court wearing green “Justice for Logan” T-shirts.

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Amanda Sellers came forward to address the court, but broke down after saying a few words. McDowell called a brief recess.

“I think he should have gotten a lot longer” sentence, Amanda Sellers said after the sentencing.

“My son Rian thinks if he goes up on his grandmother’s roof, he can see Logan” in heaven, Amanda Sellers said.

Logan also has a sister, Serenity, she said.

“I came here not to praise Brian Miller or make excuses for him,” Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden told McDowell. However, Creeden did want to provide the court with guidance in determining its sentence, he said.

Miller was undergoing a lot of stress at the time of Logan’s death, including being unemployed and looking after children, Creeden said. Miller also came from a dysfunctional family, had only a ninth-grade education and suffered abuse as a child, he said.

“He simply wasn’t dealing with it in the right way,” Creeden said.

Miller’s confession and plea agreement also saved the Sellers family from the pain of a trial, Creeden said.

“It’s a very hard struggle to live with, not as hard as what the Sellers family has to live with” Miller told McDowell. “I wish they could forgive me, but if not, I understand.”

“Many people have difficulties in their lives ... but few injure or kill because of that,” McDowell told Miller.

On Oct. 5, 2011, Hagerstown Police were called to Meritus Medical Center for a report of an unresponsive child. Investigators determined that Logan struck his head when Miller got angry and pushed him to the floor.

Logan was taken to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he died Oct. 10, 2011.

Miller had called 911 on Oct. 5 after he realized Logan had stopped breathing, court documents said.

The interrogation of Miller brought to light two other occasions in August 2011 when Logan was taken to hospitals after being abused by Miller, Wilson told McDowell.

On one occasion, Miller told medical personnel that Logan fell down a flight of stairs after being pushed by dogs, Wilson said during Miller’s Sept. 11 plea hearing.

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