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Hill City Man Who Shot at Deputies Pleads Guilty

Roy Thomas Miller Roy Thomas Miller |  Photo: Itasca County Sheriff

Updated: November 06, 2019 08:32 PM

A man from rural Hill City who allegedly shot at Itasca County deputies during an incident in February has pleaded guilty. 

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Roy Thomas Miller, 45, pleaded guilty to five first-degree assault charges, which are all felonies. He also entered a guilty plea for one misdemeanor domestic assault. 

A criminal complaint says the Feb. 10 incident began with a domestic disturbance at Miller's southern Itasca County home.  The complaint alleges that Miller physically assaulted a woman and her son, causing bruising and swelling to their facial areas.

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When five Itasca County law enforcement officers later arrived at the scene, they heard two gunshots go overhead from the direction of his residence, court documents say.

Miller then allegedly began firing shots at the officers with a handgun.  The complaint says officers returned fire, Miller's vehicle sideswiped two squad vehicles, and his vehicle went into the ditch.

He was also previously charged with five counts of attempted second-degree murder, but those may be dropped as part of the plea deal.

Miller faces up to 20 years for each assault charge. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18.

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