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Gains protests parole for Youngstown killer



Published: Wed, October 3, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains opposes release of an 80-year-old inmate who fatally shot his ex-wife and her boyfriend and opened fire on a Youngs- town police officer in 1981.

On Tuesday, Gains sent a letter to the Ohio Parole Board, urging it to reconsider its decision to release Budd William Miller as early as Monday from the Pickaway Correctional Institution, where he is serving 20 years to life.

“This individual would indeed pose a danger or threat to anyone he comes in contact with. This is particularly true if he is not in a controlled environment, such as a penal institution,” Gains wrote. “He has demonstrated that he is a danger to those who disagree with him and to those that he cannot control,” Gains added.

After an Aug. 22 hearing, the parole board decided to release 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.

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.

“His release, even into a ‘rehab-type facility,’ will diminish the seriousness of his offenses,” Gains replied in his letter to the parole board. Such a facility “will not have the same controls as prison,” Gains observed.

After killing his ex-wife, Linda, and her boyfriend, Lawrence Turley, on Easter, Miller suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest during a gunbattle with Police Officer Tom Parry, who is now a detective sergeant.

When he committed the double murder, Miller was free on bond following a Christmas Eve 1980 incident in which he inflicted a serious head wound on his 17-year-old stepdaughter, Dixie Ray, while trying to shoot his ex-wife, ODRC said.

Gains told the parole board Parry expressed surprise that Miller would be released, and that Parry believes “Miller will pose a danger to nursing home personnel, or any others that he interacts with.”

Parry could not be reached to comment.


Comments

1capogreco(1 comment)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Hi Peter, I am the son of my mother and brother to my sister in this article you are speaking about. There was an article with me (Allen Rae) back in April 20, 1981 about the death of my mother. I would like to do a phone interview with you regarding this article. I have left you a voice mail and sent you an e-mail this afternoon. Also, I got word from the State of Ohio that the DA office wanted to speak with the victim/s. I look forward to hearing from you!
Greg Alan Ray

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2epowell(3 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

this comment is to zz3, you are stupid, number one this man worked for over 30 yrs paying in social security same as you and also served in world war 2,
yes he did a crime, but is our penial system not supose to rehabilitate ourcrimals, he has served 30 yrs for his crime and you really do not know all matters relating to this crime . number 2 it this is my father you are talking about so my words to you are SHUT YOUR STUPID MOUTH AND GROW UP!

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3epowell(3 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

NOW THIS COMMENT IS TO DA GAINS AND PETER. MY FATHER IS IN A WHEELCHAIR, HE DOES VERY POOR EYESIGHT AND HEARING AND HAS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF. HE IS NO DANGER TO ANYONE AND DA GAINS YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOUR SELF PICKING ON A 80 YR OLD MAN THAT IS INCAPABLE OF DOING ANYMORE HARM AND YOUR PENIAL SYSTEM SEES AS BEING REHABILITATED FOR RELEASE. HOW ABOUT YOU FINDING A REAL CAUSE TO BUILD YOUR REELECTION CAMPAIGN ON.SOMETHING THAT IS A REALLY TRUE ISSUE.

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4TruthBeTold12(2 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

The first step to rehabilitation is taking responsibility for your actions. Per the Ohio Department of Corrections: "Miller was last heard by the Parole Board in August 2010. He denied shooting the victims and claimed that he was set up by police. Miller took no responsibility for any of his actions." In addition, this inmate attempted to kill a police officer and is still blaming police for his incarceration. He is a danger to society and a threat to law enforcement. He needs to remain in prison. Gains made the right call. Would you want this man next to your family member in a nursing home?

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5TruthBeTold12(2 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Considering Inmate Miller committed his crimes at the advanced age of 49 yes he is a threat. There are no facts indicating he is at "deaths door". I am not familiar with Prosecutor Gains other cases. In this case he did the right thing.

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6southsidedave(4843 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

The passage of time does not erase the heinous nature of the crime.

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7jbig1959(3 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

I'd like to make a comment, this man, miller didn't have a gunfight with Officer Parry. As a matter of fact the transcripts made by the ambulance crew reported small caliber bullet holes in Linda's back and large caliber bullet holes in her chest. Miller was using a .25 caliber. the holes in her chest were from Parry. Parry was a rooky and told not to enter the house until backup arrived. He did not listen and instead entered the back door of the residence into the kitchen. Linda burst thourgh the kitcken door as or after she was shoot and parry was surprised and shoot her in the chest. The rest after this was coverup, why a cover up? Because miller knew naples and miller pissed off naples. The judge was in naples pocket and did not like miller, other cops who knew us in miller's family said this coverup was going on but could do nothing to help. and by the way TruthBeTold12 knows too many details about miller i'll bet he is Detective Parry. Want to hear more, you soon will. As soon as i release my depostions about this case and the details i have had to live wilth since 1981...Parry is as guilty as miller.

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