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Man Gets Life Sentence for Rape

April 23, 2002

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) _ A Baltimore man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a Towson University student while she walked home from work last year.

Anthony J. Miller, 30, was convicted this month of first-degree rape. Prosecutors said he followed the woman across campus, attacked her and threatened to inject her with an HIV-contaminated needle.

The life term exceeds state sentencing guidelines.

``From the evidence in this case there is not the slightest doubt in the world that Mr. Miller raped this woman,″ Baltimore Circuit Judge J. Norris Byrnes said. ``It was a brutal rape, a nightmare.″

Miller faced 20 to 30 years in prison. Prosecutors said the attack happened while Miller was on parole for armed robbery and on bail after being charged with an attempted rape in Baltimore.

Miller spoke to the judge and the court yesterday against his attorney’s advice. He asked for mercy, describing himself as an Army veteran, a father of two and college graduate. Miller said he was on medication and being treated by a psychiatrist at the time of the rape.

``This was a heinous crime,″ Miller said. ``I am not a fool. I have no excuse for what was done; what was done was wrong.″

He told the judge he could be rehabilitated.

``I’m not that predator killer,″ Miller said.

``You were that night,″ Byrnes said.

Miller will be eligible for parole in 15 years but probably will not go before a parole board for 20 to 25 years, Byrnes said.

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