Thomas Ravenel's co-defendant (Mich...

Thomas Ravenel's co-defendant (Michael Miller)agrees to plead guilty

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Pasquale Pellicoro

North Charleston, SC

#1 Oct 24, 2007
AP NewsBreak:

Published Wed, Oct 24, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C.(AP)- A man who was indicted in a cocaine conspiracy case with former South Carolina Treasurer Thomas Ravenel has agreed to plead guilty to two federal drug charges, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
Michael Miller, 25, and Ravenel were indicted in June on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute less than 500 grams of cocaine. Prosecutors have said Miller sold cocaine to Ravenel, who shared the drug with friends.

Ravenel, 45, pleaded guilty last month.

Miller was later indicted on eight distribution charges, which U.S. Attorney Reggie Lloyd has said were not related to Ravenel.

According to the agreement, Miller will plead guilty to conspiracy with intent to distribute and one other distribution charge. The other charges will be dropped, according to the agreement.

Miller faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each charge, but the plea deal indicates he may face a lesser penalty.

Sentences for both Ravenel and Miller will be based on an amount of cocaine less than 100 grams, according to their agreements.

Last month, Miller pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and was released to his mother's custody on a $25,000 secured bond.

Miller also was originally indicted on a state drug trafficking charge, which was dropped.

A third man indicted in the case, Pasquale Pellicoro did not show up last month for an initial court appearance, and the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Pellicoro, who worked with a Charleston area wine business, is an Italian citizen who had not been asked to surrender his passport, so he could have left the country, prosecutors have said.

Union, SC

#2 Oct 24, 2007
We need another covert sting operation with all of these members of the SC General Assembly.

Since: Oct 07

Maxton, NC

#3 Oct 25, 2007
don't they know is gone ? everybody knows that.

Since: Oct 07

Maxton, NC

#4 Oct 25, 2007
don't they know he has been gone for a while ? I thought everybody knews that by now..

Charleston, SC

#5 Oct 31, 2007
I have seen Mikchael Miller in downtown Charleston. He is one of the biggest dealers running that area. Family has money, he has no real job. parties every night. If he doesnt get convicted someone is spending alot of money to help this criminal.

Avon, IN

#6 Jun 16, 2009
Is his mother Julie Shaw Miller who killed two ladies in Pembroke on 6/13

North Charleston, SC

#7 Feb 17, 2010
Sad wrote:
Is his mother Julie Shaw Miller who killed two ladies in Pembroke on 6/13
No, his mom is not Julie Shaw Miller, who ACCIDENTALLY killed two ladies in Pembroke.

Clinton, NC

#8 Oct 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011

Accused intruder Michael Miller supplied cocaine to ex-Treasurer Thpmas Ravenel

One of the intruders arrested and charged with trespassing in the Charleston Museum last weekend is also the man who supplied cocaine to former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel.

Michael L. Miller, 29, of Mount Pleasant, and a 22-year-old Folly Beach woman were taken into custody at about 3 a.m. Oct. 14 after Charleston police responded to an alarm and discovered them having sex inside.

Reached by email Thursday, Miller wrote, "What can I say, I get around."

Miller drew notoriety as the supplier to Ravenel, the former Republican treasurer whose political career ended with his 2007 arrest. Both men pleaded guilty to federal drug charges and were sentenced to similar 10-month sentences.

Miller was released from prison in December 2008. He was taken into custody again this spring for what was to be a period of nine months, for failing to complete a court-ordered program. It was not clear when he was released.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Witherspoon, who prosecuted the Ravenel case, said Thursday that Miller's latest brush with the law has no bearing on his office because Miller was freed from federal oversight once his latest revocation matter concluded.

Witherspoon declined to say whether Miller's testimony would be sought in the upcoming prosecution of another Ravenel case defendant, Pasquale Pellicoro, 57, a one-time Johns Island resident and wine merchant who fled to Europe. He was extradited back to the U.S. in August and faces up to 20 years in federal prison on a charge that he possessed and intended to distribute cocaine.

When police found the two in the Charleston Museum, both had slurred speech and trouble standing, the report said. The couple told police they had met at a nearby bar and while walking down Meeting Street noticed an unsecured door at the museum.

Each was ticketed $470 on the trespassing charge.

Charleston, SC

#9 Oct 24, 2011
Many of Ravenel's drug using friends were never arrested for a reason.

Go figure.

Portsmouth, VA

#10 Mar 28, 2014
Well, since they think New Yorkers are a bunch of yo yo's, maybe they shouldn't be going to the Hamptons to play polo.

But since he now has to have a device on his vehicle to enter the State of New York (but we all know he'll probably do that anyway), and another rehab program and more money.

Any time you deal with court officials it costs money. Oh and I don't know if they will ever be flying the confederate flag there either, so I wouldn't hold my breath on that one.

Mr. Southern Charm didn't weasel his way out of trouble in New York, not the same game as South Carolina!!!!!!!!!!

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