Cuyahoga County

Leelin Miller gets life sentence for murder

August 28, 2013

CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Timothy McCormick today sentenced Leelin Miller to up to life in prison. Judge McCormick ruled that the 37-year-old Miller cannot even be considered for parole until he has served 49 years in the penitentiary.

Miller was convicted by a jury last month of killing Richard McCoy, 41, on February 9, less than three months after he was released from prison after serving 18 years for a 1994 murder. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office had opposed Miller’s release.

The jury heard evidence that Miller and McCoy, who had been friends for some time, got into a heated discussion while riding in McCoy’s minivan. Miller demanded that McCoy pull over, then shot him in the right side of his torso and fled in the vehicle. He was arrested by Cleveland Police on March 12.

Jurors found Miller guilty of one count each of Aggravated Murder, Murder, Kidnapping, Felonious Assault, Aggravated Robbery and Grand Theft. Judge McCormick said he was stacking the sentences on those counts consecutively in order maximize Miller’s prison time and to protect the public.

“On April 12, 2012, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office informed the parole board that Leelin Miller was a violent murderer and should not be allowed out on parole, and on February 9, 2013, Leelin Miller confirmed this office’s belief,” said Assistant County Prosecutor Mahmoud Awadallah, who tried the case along with Assistant  County Prosecutor Stephanie Hall.

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