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Killer of two in ’81 to stay in prison until at least Dec.

Published: Sat, October 6, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken



An 80-year-old inmate who fatally shot his estranged wife and her boyfriend before opening fire on a Youngstown police officer in 1981 will not be released from prison Monday and will remain incarcerated pending the outcome of a Dec. 19 hearing of the full Ohio Parole Board.

JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, made the announcement Friday concerning Budd William Miller, who is serving 20 years to life at the Pickaway Correctional Institution.

The announcement came after Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul J. Gains sent the parole board a letter of opposition to Miller’s release.

“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.

After an Aug. 22 hearing, the parole board decided to release Miller as early as Monday, but it maintained the right to change its position as long as he remained incarcerated, said Mike Davis, an ODRC spokesman.

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,” the parole board said this summer.

Miller was to have been paroled to a Scioto County nursing home and was to have been under Ohio Adult Parole Authority supervision for five years.

Miller’s step-son, Alan Gregory Ray, said he does not condone his step- father’s past violent actions, but he believes Miller should be released.

“He’s 80 years old. Most of his life is gone. At this point, he doesn’t have much life left,” said Ray, 48, who resides in Mishawaka, Ind. “I don’t think he’s a threat at this point,” Ray added.

After killing his wife, Linda, and her boyfriend, Lawrence Turley, on Easter 1981, 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 after a Christmas Eve 1980 incident, in which he inflicted a serious head wound on his 17-year-old step-daughter, Dixie Ray, while trying to shoot his wife, ODRC said.

Miller hasn’t expressed any anger or hostility in his letters to Alan Gregory Ray from prison, said Ray, who has communicated with his step-father by letter and telephone and visited him periodically in prison over the past 28 years.

“There’s not been any trouble since he’s been incarcerated,” Ray concluded.


1epowell(3 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

my father is 80 he is in a wheelchair and hard of hearing and very bad eyesight in the one eye he has. my father has had to live with the things he has done and is very remorseful for his crime. I believe this is nothing more than a re election sunt being pulled by DA Gains anas far as for Officer Parry how can he say anything as to my fathers state of mind as he has not had any contact with this man in the last 30 yrs his only contact was in a hostile enviroment. It amazes me that the people that have been intrusted with my father for the last 30 (the Ohio Correctional System) has saw fit to releases my father feeling that his has been remorseful for his actions and been suitably rehabilitated to be released. So If DA Gains is not just using this as a way to make a name for his self what other possiable reason would he have to block this?

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2dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

"he is 80 years old. Most of his life is gone. At this point, he doesn't have much life left." REALLY? the people he killed have NO LIFE LEFT.

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3jbig1959(3 comments)posted 3 years, 8 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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