Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wyoming County Judge finds man guilty of 17 counts

On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, Melvin H. Miller, 56, formerly of Attica, was found guilty after a 2-day bench trial in Wyoming County Court of 17 crimes and offenses including the top counts of:   Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C violent felony; Driving While Intoxicated, a class D felony and Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, a class E felony.  The defendant was also acquitted on 4 counts. The trial was held before Wyoming County Court Judge Michael M. Mohun. 
The charges stem from the defendant’s home invasion at his ex-girlfriend’s residence in the Town of Bennington on August 31, 2015.  Upon fleeing the scene, the defendant, while under the influence of alcohol, then led law enforcement on a dangerous, high-speed chase through the streets of the Village of Attica. After his arrest and during his confinement at the Wyoming County Jail, the defendant made 52 calls to the victim in violation of a duly issued Order of Protection.
Following his convictions after trial, the defendant was remanded to the custody of the Wyoming County Jail without bail. His sentencing has been scheduled for July 28, 2016.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Eric R. Schiener and the defendant was represented by Marshall Kelly.
“The District Attorney’s Office would like to commend the hard work and collaborative efforts of the New York State Police, Attica Police Department and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office that resulted in the apprehension and successful prosecution of the defendant. In particular, the excellent work of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch Division must be applauded for being that vital first voice for victims of domestic violence,” said Assistant District Attorney Eric Schiener.