Josiah Miller gets 11 years for killi...

Josiah Miller gets 11 years for killing Crescent City woman

There are 105 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Dec 23, 2010, titled Josiah Miller gets 11 years for killing Crescent City woman. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

The Arcata man who killed 23-year-old Michelle Ashlee Dickson in July 2008 was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Wednesday, the maximum sentence he could have received after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

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Kelsey Supporter

Crescent City, CA

#71 Dec 24, 2010
Superior Court Judge Robert Weir said that since defendant Josiah Miller had stabbed Dickson five times and that there seemed to be some element of planning to the crime, he should receive the maximum sentence. Weir made the decision after hearing from Dickson's mother and sister and viewing pictures of the young woman over the course of her life.

Dickson's mother Sandy Davis stood at a courtroom podium wearing a green T-shirt with the word “Justice” written across it. Davis said that her daughter had been missing for nine days before her body was found, four days before her 24th birthday. Davis said that she will not get to see Dickson graduate from college or raise a family. Miller's crime also stole something from the community, Davis said.

”Josiah Miller,” Davis said to the defendant, who was sitting shackled in an orange jumpsuit,“that 11 years that you face pales in comparison to what you took.”

In October, Miller pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for stabbing Dickson to death on July 15, 2008, just outside Crescent City. Miller had reportedly met the Crescent City woman to buy some marijuana from her, but killed her, torched her car and drove her body over the border into
Oregon where he threw her from that state's highest bridge. Dickson's body was found by hikers more than one week later.
Miller's defense attorney William Cater argued that his client should receive the mid-term sentence of six years in prison. The crime, he argued, was not planned and was in the heat of passion, and Miller has no prior criminal record.

But Riese said that the defendant stabbed Dickson multiple times after luring her to a dark place alone -- using her trust in him -- where he knew she would be defenseless. Riese said that Miller also had no money to buy the quarter-pound of marijuana, showing he intended to steal it from her by force. Miller then dumped Dickson's body off a bridge, Riese said, showing his disregard for life.

”He treated her like an object,” Riese said.

Riese, after consulting with Dickson's family, offered the plea deal to Miller in part because the case was light on physical evidence and witnesses, and there was no guarantee the people would prevail in court. Miller agreed to the deal before the case was set to go to trial in Mendocino County.

Miller will get credit for days served in Del Norte County jail, including credit for good conduct, totaling 828 days. But Weir would not grant him credit for the 145 days he spent in the Curry County jail because he was there on a different charge. Miller will be on parole for four years after his prison time is served and he must pay $18,000 in restitution to Davis.

Outside the courtroom, Davis hugged friends and family, including Kathy Powell -- the mother of 21-year-old Taylor Powell, who was allegedly murdered in Requa by his friend Jarrod Wyatt in March. Davis, Kathy Powell, and the family of Amy Kaufmann, 26, who was killed in Requa two months before Taylor Powell were together in court. Kaufmann had been a witness during the Miller case before she was killed, Riese said.

Kaufmann's killer, Robert Loren Proctor, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison by Del Norte County Superior Court Judge William Follett earlier in the day Wednesday.

After Miller's sentencing, Davis said that the certainty of a plea was important to her and her family. Davis said that while time may soften the pain of her daughter's loss,“There will always be a hole in my heart.”
Third World County

Cerritos, CA

#72 Dec 24, 2010
anon wrote:
<quoted text>
You're a dip-sheis.
Yet you had no response because every word is true....and you know it.
What category do you fall under? Disability, welfare/food stamps, government work, growing weed or all of the businesses that are supported by weed money? It has to be one of these amazing career opportunities you people have created for your children.
matilda

Millbrae, CA

#74 Dec 24, 2010
HUMBOLTER wrote:
So the cop who had the illegal fireworks and had a hand in hurting the little girl on the 4th of July could get 11 years??? And this MURDERER can plea to "man slaughter" and get 11 years??? There is something horribly wrong with our system here in Humboldt County!!!! This makes me sick to my stomach, it really does.
I think this particular case comes out of Del Norte, not Humboldt County
matilda

Millbrae, CA

#75 Dec 24, 2010
Third World Counties wrote:
Sounds like all the other cases inept district attorneys of the quaint NorCal counties. Obviously, the people of these counties will eventually realize that any District Attorney is sub par, if they had any talent they would serve a real community...Sort of like any of the local journalists, print or television. If they had a shred of talent they would have been able to work in a better market.
Define a "real" community.
matilda

Millbrae, CA

#76 Dec 24, 2010
I live here BY CHOICE. I'm not a hippie or one of their worthless kids. I CHOOSE to take a cut in my paycheck because I would rather live here with some hippies and poor folk than in your cesspool of plastic, broken people. There is so much more to live for than money.
Some CC guy

United States

#77 Dec 24, 2010
matilda wrote:
I live here BY CHOICE. I'm not a hippie or one of their worthless kids. I CHOOSE to take a cut in my paycheck because I would rather live here with some hippies and poor folk than in your cesspool of plastic, broken people. There is so much more to live for than money.
Wow. Agreed.
Third World County

Cerritos, CA

#78 Dec 25, 2010
matilda wrote:
I live here BY CHOICE. I'm not a hippie or one of their worthless kids. I CHOOSE to take a cut in my paycheck because I would rather live here with some hippies and poor folk than in your cesspool of plastic, broken people. There is so much more to live for than money.
You live there by choice....but what is YOUR chosen profession? Government handout, government job, growing weed or a job that wouldn't exist without the money proved by those weed growers with disposable income?
The truth hurts....doesn't it?
Kelsey Supporter NJ

Adrian, MI

#79 Dec 25, 2010
Kelsey Supporter wrote:
Superior Court Judge Robert Weir said that since defendant Josiah Miller had stabbed Dickson five times and that there seemed to be some element of planning to the crime, he should receive the maximum sentence. Weir made the decision after hearing from Dickson's mother and sister and viewing pictures of the young woman over the course of her life.
Dickson's mother Sandy Davis stood at a courtroom podium wearing a green T-shirt with the word “Justice” written across it. Davis said that her daughter had been missing for nine days before her body was found, four days before her 24th birthday. Davis said that she will not get to see Dickson graduate from college or raise a family. Miller's crime also stole something from the community, Davis said.
”Josiah Miller,” Davis said to the defendant, who was sitting shackled in an orange jumpsuit,“that 11 years that you face pales in comparison to what you took.”
In October, Miller pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for stabbing Dickson to death on July 15, 2008, just outside Crescent City. Miller had reportedly met the Crescent City woman to buy some marijuana from her, but killed her, torched her car and drove her body over the border into
Oregon where he threw her from that state's highest bridge. Dickson's body was found by hikers more than one week later.
Miller's defense attorney William Cater argued that his client should receive the mid-term sentence of six years in prison. The crime, he argued, was not planned and was in the heat of passion, and Miller has no prior criminal record.
But Riese said that the defendant stabbed Dickson multiple times after luring her to a dark place alone -- using her trust in him -- where he knew she would be defenseless. Riese said that Miller also had no money to buy the quarter-pound of marijuana, showing he intended to steal it from her by force. Miller then dumped Dickson's body off a bridge, Riese said, showing his disregard for life.
”He treated her like an object,” Riese said.
Riese, after consulting with Dickson's family, offered the plea deal to Miller in part because the case was light on physical evidence and witnesses, and there was no guarantee the people would prevail in court. Miller agreed to the deal before the case was set to go to trial in Mendocino County.
Miller will get credit for days served in Del Norte County jail, including credit for good conduct, totaling 828 days. But Weir would not grant him credit for the 145 days he spent in the Curry County jail because he was there on a different charge. Miller will be on parole for four years after his prison time is served and he must pay $18,000 in restitution to Davis.
Outside the courtroom, Davis hugged friends and family, including Kathy Powell -- the mother of 21-year-old Taylor Powell, who was allegedly murdered in Requa by his friend Jarrod Wyatt in March. Davis, Kathy Powell, and the family of Amy Kaufmann, 26, who was killed in Requa two months before Taylor Powell were together in court. Kaufmann had been a witness during the Miller case before she was killed, Riese said.
Kaufmann's killer, Robert Loren Proctor, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison by Del Norte County Superior Court Judge William Follett earlier in the day Wednesday.
After Miller's sentencing, Davis said that the certainty of a plea was important to her and her family. Davis said that while time may soften the pain of her daughter's loss,“There will always be a hole in my heart.”
You get off on this?
midnight rider

United States

#80 Dec 30, 2010
The sentence is a sham, thats a given,but the upside is he will become someones wife soon. Karma does have a way of "re-alighnment" in situations like these.
knewherfromschoo l

San Francisco, CA

#81 Dec 30, 2010
Suffering fools wrote:
Isn't selling a quarter pound of weed illegal? The dealing victim may have been a great person but she was engaging in an activity that carries risk. As for the murderous robber with no priors, his actions show he was a low life that had managed to fly under the radar until now.
she treated people too well for her own good. once she had sold you a satchel of smokeage, it was like you had been friends forever. that pervert obviously mistook her kind demeanor for something else. Michele is missed all over, from fort bragg to seattle.
Kelsey Supporter NJ

Adrian, MI

#82 Dec 30, 2010
Sue Cyr most certainly is not missed by anybody. Including her own children.
just who do you

San Francisco, CA

#83 Dec 30, 2010
knewherfromschool wrote:
<quoted text>she treated people too well for her own good. once she had sold you a satchel of smokeage, it was like you had been friends forever. that pervert obviously mistook her kind demeanor for something else. Michele is missed all over, from fort bragg to seattle.
dude, going to the stinking store caries risk...
just who do you

San Francisco, CA

#84 Dec 30, 2010
Suffering fools wrote:
Isn't selling a quarter pound of weed illegal? The dealing victim may have been a great person but she was engaging in an activity that carries risk. As for the murderous robber with no priors, his actions show he was a low life that had managed to fly under the radar until now.
man going to the store caries risk.
matilda

Berkeley, CA

#85 Dec 31, 2010
Third World County wrote:
<quoted text>You live there by choice....but what is YOUR chosen profession? Government handout, government job, growing weed or a job that wouldn't exist without the money proved by those weed growers with disposable income?
The truth hurts....doesn't it?
None of the above. I work at a private school NOT owned by the government or pot growers. Wow. You are very narrow minded.

Since: Jul 10

Berkeley, CA

#86 Dec 31, 2010
Please--you exist in a "third-world" state of mind. And wherever you live-stay there. We have no need for people like you in our real community.
hippis b cool

San Francisco, CA

#87 Dec 31, 2010
matilda wrote:
I live here BY CHOICE. I'm not a hippie or one of their worthless kids. I CHOOSE to take a cut in my paycheck because I would rather live here with some hippies and poor folk than in your cesspool of plastic, broken people. There is so much more to live for than money.
um, i must take offence. my father once told me he was a hippy, i resent your implication lady, if indeed that is what it amounts to. i would think that hippi bashing rose to the level of racism. i bet the nazi's did not like hippi's much, and i am sure us hippies dont care a bit for nazi's nor their emulators.
heck lady

San Francisco, CA

#88 Dec 31, 2010
matilda wrote:
I live here BY CHOICE. I'm not a hippie or one of their worthless kids. I CHOOSE to take a cut in my paycheck because I would rather live here with some hippies and poor folk than in your cesspool of plastic, broken people. There is so much more to live for than money.
heck lady, in some places you would be mistaken for a hippie. tell me, what is wrong with hippies again? um are we like, um , the jews? maybe the roma that are getting such a hard time in france? just what is it about people that refuse to buy the lie that the establishment sells us? jeeeez lady...what is it already...
jeeez lady

San Francisco, CA

#89 Dec 31, 2010
jeeeez lady.

Since: Jul 10

Millbrae, CA

#90 Dec 31, 2010
hippis b cool wrote:
<quoted text>um, i must take offence. my father once told me he was a hippy, i resent your implication lady, if indeed that is what it amounts to. i would think that hippi bashing rose to the level of racism. i bet the nazi's did not like hippi's much, and i am sure us hippies dont care a bit for nazi's nor their emulators.
Sorry you were offended. I don't think hippies or their kids are worthless. I was quoting what another poster had said. Sorry if I did not word that correctly. Hippies are just like republicans, democrats, or any other human. Some are good people-some--not so much.

Since: Jul 10

Millbrae, CA

#91 Dec 31, 2010
Oh, and by the way-some people call me a hippie-like my son-in-law. I like to think I'm Humboldt Homegrown. Meaning I was born and raised in Humboldt and I consider it a privilege to have played in a grove of old-growth redwoods as my backyard. We always had a big garden that fed us along with the apple trees and blackberries. My next door neighbors are old deadheads and I love them. So calm down people-just a misunderstanding.

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