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McDowell County man enters guilty plea in 1981 shooting death of his father

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David Miller enters a plea to voluntary manslaughter in the 1981 shooting death of his father. David Miller enters a plea to voluntary manslaughter in the 1981 shooting death of his father.

MCDOWELL COUNTY, WV (WVVA) A man serving time for incest and 2nd degree sexual assault enters a guilty plea in the 1981 shooting death of his father.

David Miller, 54, pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Friday in McDowell County to the December 7, 1981 shooting death of Hobert Miller. According to the McDowell County Prosecutor's Office, the charges came about from information obtained during the sex crimes investigation. 

Back in November 2014, Miller was sentenced to 2 to 10 years in prison for incest and 5 to 10 years for sexual assault of a female family member that took place in the 1980's. The victim was living in the home of David Miller's mother at the time. 

The victim, Jenefer Crim, also witnessed the shooting death of Hobert Miller when she was 14 years old. Hobert Miller was killed at a residence in Premier, WV. The case was originally investigated as self-defense. It was reopened after Jenefer Crim came forward more than 30 years later. 

David Miller entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. He was originally charged with second degree murder. Miller is scheduled to be sentenced on February 26 for the voluntary manslaughter conviction.

Jenefer Crim, who now lives in another state, released the following statement:

"Justice long overdue was granted with the guilty plea of voluntary manslaughter today [Friday]. Daddy was a good man who served his country and fought in World War II, he worked every day and provided for his family and did not deserve to have his life end so tragically at the hands of this monster. I feel this will now clear Daddy's name and allow us (his family) to move forward and begin to heal. I can't even begin to express my gratitude to Mike Spradlin, Ed Kornish and the entire McDowell County Prosecuting Attorney's office for all the countless hours they put into seeing David Miller brought to justice." says Jenefer Crim.


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