Man sentenced in rape of family member

Hollidaysburg, Blair County - 69 year old Gary Paul Miller will spend 90 to 180 years in prison.

Miller was seen shaking his head as the prosecution made its case for consecutive sentences. A written statement from the mother was read in court about the lasting damage this has left onto her daughter.

Miller's son also addressed the court pleading that if he were to be able to get out of jail that his father would offend again. Miller spoke twice. Before the sentence he maintained his innocence afterward claimed that he intends to appeal. Judge Timothy Sullivan said Miller showed a "lack of remorse."

Miller was convicted on 44 counts including of rape of a child and incest of a minor back in May.
The victim, a young family member testified during that trial. Assistant DA Derek Elensky said, "Without her bravery, without her coming forward, we wouldn't be here. I'm certainly but also take reservation that this has, you know, destroyed a young girl's life."
 

Miller has a criminal record that began back in the 70s. Elensky says that he himself has prosecuted a case against miller in the past for prostitution of minors and says miller has just gotten worse over the years. He explained, "He's never learned. He's gone to jail, he's had a chance to rehabilitate and as you can see with this case he has never learned. And he's a continued predator. I'm glad that the court saw that and that they basically gave him a sentence that will keep him in jail for the rest of his life." 

Miller's attorney says they will begin the appeal process. Elensky is confident the sentence will stand. They also moved to reserve the right to revisit the case to pursue classifying Miller as a Sexually Violent Predator. Due to a decision made by the Superior Court, the process to make that classification is still being clarified.   


 


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