Sharee Miller

Sharee Miller
Born
Sharee Paulette Kitley Miller

(1971-10-13) October 13, 1971 (age 48)
Criminal status Incarcerated In Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility, Pittsfield Charter Township
Spouse(s) 1. Unknown
2. Unknown
3. Bruce Miller (1999-1999; his death)
Children 2 sons and 1 daughter - and 2 grandchildren
Criminal charge Second Degree Murder and conspiracy to commit murder
Penalty Life in prison

Sharee Paulette Kitley Miller (born October 13, 1971) is an American woman convicted of plotting the murder of her husband, Bruce Miller, over the Internet with her online lover Jerry Cassaday, who would later commit suicide.

Murder, trial and incarceration

Bruce Miller was found dead at his junkyard in Flint, Michigan on November 8, 1999, killed by a .20 gauge shotgun.

After Sharee was arrested in February 2000, she was held without bail until her trial. On December 12, 2000, the State of Michigan v. Sharee Miller trial began and her case made national headlines. According to the prosecution, Sharee wanted Bruce dead for his money and that a divorce would not have given her enough. After two days of deliberation, on December 22 the jury found Sharee Miller guilty on all charges. On Jan. 29, 2001, the Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Judith Fullerton sentenced Miller to life in prison for the conspiracy to commit murder charge, and 54 to 81 years for second-degree murder. She was serving her term at the Robert Scott Correctional Facility in Plymouth, Michigan and as of 2019, is serving a life sentence at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan.[1] Her mother currently has custody of one of her three children.[2]

Recent events

In 2007 while in prison Miller was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses. She also claimed that she wanted to give back to the people she had selfishly taken from.[3]

In August 2008, a federal court judge overturned her conviction and ordered that she receive a new trial. The judge found that the suicide note from Cassaday (her boyfriend and the one who committed the homicide) should have never been admitted into court and seen by the jurors because Cassaday was dead and could not be cross examined.[4]

On July 16, 2009, a federal court judge ordered Sharee Miller's immediate release from prison on bond pending the new trial which was ordered in August 2008.[5] In response, on July 17, 2009, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton ordered that Miller immediately be re-arrested from prison where she was taken to the Genesee County Jail and held without bond to await new charges.[6] Sharee Miller was arraigned on July 22, 2009 again on charges of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit premeditated first-degree murder. The new trial was scheduled to begin on October 20, 2009. Miller's attorneys appealed this action.[7] The retrial was put on hold pending the federal appeal.

On July 29, 2009, Sharee Miller was released from the Genesee County Jail on a $100,000 recognizance bond until her new trial began.[8]

In December 2009, Sharee Miller was found using the popular social networking site Facebook. Miller's lawyer, David Nickola, said that there was no reason for his client to be barred from using a computer, but Sharee's Facebook page was temporarily deactivated when it attracted publicity. "I don't think there's anything inappropriate about it," Nickola said. He states that Sharee used Facebook to keep in touch with her family members and her son who is overseas in the military. "She's an innocent person out in society and she's doing positive things," Nickola said, "Having a Facebook page to communicate with her son who is serving in the military overseas is nothing inappropriate whatsoever." While having a Facebook page is not a violation of Miller's bond, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said this is a perfect example of why people need to be careful when they're online. "People have to be careful when they're communicating with others who they don't know on the Internet," Leyton said.[9]

On June 21, 2010, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the August 2008 federal ruling that the Cassaday suicide note was not admissible.[10]

On Nov. 14, 2011, the US Supreme Court remanded the Sharee Miller case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. On February 16, 2012, the Sixth Circuit remanded the case to the District Court.

On Aug. 2, 2012 the District Court entered its opinion and ordered reinstatement of Miller's convictions and revoked her bond.

The District Court held the suicide note possessed sufficient guarantees of trustworthiness to satisfy defendant's constitutional right of confrontation. Further, it found that the Michigan Court of Appeals' factual determination, that the statements were spontaneous, voluntary, made to Cassaday's parents and less likely to be fabricated because he was about to kill himself, were reasonable findings.

On February 11, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the federal district court's reinstatement of Miller's convictions and sentences.

In 2016, Sharee Miller, in a four-page typed letter sent to Judge Fullerton, admitted to her role in her husband's death. [11][12]

On August 28, 2017, Judge Judith A. Fullerton of the Genesee County Circuit Court, issued an opinion denying Miller's Motion for Relief from Judgment.

In popular culture

The trial made national headlines; Miller's life was profiled on A&E American Justice, Investigation Discovery's Deadly Women and on the Oxygen Channel's true crime series Snapped.[13] The case was the subject of a book, Fatal Error, by Kansas City Star reporter Mark Morris and Paul Janczewski.[14] A television movie produced by Lifetime Television called Fatal Desire starring Eric Roberts and Anne Heche was also based on the Sharee Miller case. And there was a Forensic Files episode about this case (Web of Seduction, season 8, episode 34). The case was also covered in a 2017 episode of "Murderous Affairs" entitled "Dead Silence."

References

  1. ^ Michigan Department of Corrections
  2. ^ “Mich. v. Miller: Sex, lies and murder” Archived 2008-04-17 at the Wayback Machine CourtTV
  3. ^ "Sharee Miller, in prison in the death of her husband, to marry again -- behind bars". Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
  4. ^ http://www.crimapp.com/files/miller%20v%20stovall.pdf
  5. ^ http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/local&id=6918262 Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/local&id=6920614 Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/story?section=news/local&id=6927896 Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ http://www.wnem.com/news/20225047/detail.html[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2009/12/convicted_killer_sharee_miller_2.html "Convicted killer Sharee Miller back on Facebook" mlive.com
  10. ^ "BRUCE MILLER - SHAREE MILLER - FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS RULING - STATE GETS TO APPEAL". Archived from the original on 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  11. ^ "Woman in infamous internet love triangle slaying admits guilt 17 years later".
  12. ^ Miller, Sharee (21 March 2016). "Sharee Miller murder confession". Scribd. mlive.com. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Forbidden Love". Deadly Women. Season 3. Episode 5. 15 September 2009. Investigation Discovery. Archived from the original on 23 December 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018. Lay summaryInvestigation Discovery.
  14. ^ "Fatal Error", ISBN 0-7860-1524-1

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