Man who killed 2, shot at city police in ’81 to be released
By Peter H. Milliken
An 80-year-old inmate, who fatally shot his ex-wife and her boyfriend and opened fire on police in Youngstown in 1981, is scheduled to be released as early as Monday from the Pickaway Correctional Institution, where is he serving 20 years to life.
After an Aug. 22 hearing, the Ohio Parole Board decided to release the inmate, Budd William Miller, but it could change its decision as long as he remains incarcerated, said Mike Davis, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
Miller is to be paroled to Scioto County, and he will be under Adult Parole Authority supervision for five years, Davis added.
Miller’s medical condition “makes any risk more manageable in the community. His condition can’t be surgically corrected due to other medical problems, which will limit his mobility, and he will be placed in a rehab-type facility,” the parole board said in its report of its decision this summer.
The parole board said Miller has behaved appropriately in prison.
ODRC records show Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains opposed Miller’s release in March of this year.
Gains was gathering 30-plus-year-old police and court records concerning Miller on Monday before deciding what further recommendation he might make to the parole board. “We’re under severe time constraints,” he noted.
After killing his ex-wife, Linda, and her boyfriend, Lawrence Turley, Miller suffered a chest wound during an ensuing gunbattle with police.
When he committed the double murder, Miller was free on bond after an earlier incident in which he inflicted a serious head wound on his 17-year-old stepdaughter, Dixie Ray, while trying to shoot his ex-wife, according to an ODRC report.
Bret Vinocur, president of Block Parole Inc., an Upper Arlington-based organization that opposes parole for extremely violent offenders, said he’s opposed to parole for Miller.
“He murdered two people in cold blood, tried to shoot police officers and isn’t taking responsibility for his crime,” Vinocur said based on an August 2010 report, in which the parole board denied parole for Miller.
In 2010, the parole board ruled Miller’s release “would not further the interests of justice and would be inconsistent with the welfare and security of society, and would create undue risk to public safety.”