Man gets 18 to life in ’08 Howland slaying

‘There is no doubt all parties were up to no good,’ Judge Logan said.


WARREN — Oryan Miller again said nothing, nor did the family of his victim, as Miller received a prison sentence of 18 years to life Tuesday for his role in a Howland burglary and homicide Dec. 23, 2008.

A jury convicted Miller, 20, of Hall Street Northwest, on Nov. 20 in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court of complicity to murder and two counts of complicity to aggravated burglary.

The only comments came from Judge Andrew Logan, who presided over the two-week trial, which featured jury deliberations lasting 12 hours over three days.

“The community has little understanding of the thinking process that would lead to this type of criminal act — young adults, guns, drugs and money and the result, two dead persons,” Judge Logan said.

“There is no doubt that all parties were up to no good, and because of ... these criminal acts, two persons are dead, and two other persons are going away for substantial periods of time.”

The mother and grandmother of the victim, Cameron Murray, 21, of Sandpiper Trail and formerly of Warren, were present in the courtroom but didn’t speak to Judge Logan regarding the sentencing. They also declined to speak to reporters afterward.

Investigators say Miller and Delshawn Scrivens, 25, of Wood Street Southwest went to Murray’s apartment to rob him but got into a gunbattle with him instead, resulting in fatal wounds to Murray and Scrivens.

Michael Ahladis, 24, of Jefferson Street Southwest will be sentenced later. Ahladis testified that he drove the car that dropped off Miller and Scrivens at the apartment just west of Howland High School and just North of the Route 5 Outerbelt and picked them up after the failed robbery.

Chuck Morrow, assistant county prosecutor, asked Judge Logan for the maximum sentence for Miller, saying evidence suggests that Miller was the trigger man in Murray’s death.

Sarah Kovoor, Miller’s attorney, said an appeal will be filed in the case. She said after the sentencing that she believes jurors were quite confused about the instructions they were given about how to decide Miller’s innocence or guilt. The four questions jurors asked Judge Logan during their deliberations were evidence of that, she said.

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