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Miller Sentenced for Firing on Police, Torching Squad Car

GROVESPRING, Mo. -- A Hartville, Mo., man charged in a shooting against Wright County deputies that resulted in a torched squad car, has entered an Alford plea and was sentenced on Thursday.
GROVESPRING, Mo. -- A Hartville, Mo., man charged in a shooting against Wright County deputies that resulted in a torched squad car has entered an Alford plea and was sentenced on Thursday.

Kenneth Miller, 54, was given 10 years on charges of attempted assault on a law officer, 10 years on a charge of discharging a firearm at or from a motor vehicle, seven years on a charge of tampering with a motor vehicle and five years on a charge of armed criminal action. The sentences are to run concurrently.

The Wright County Sheriff's Office says officers were dispatched to Klondike Rd. just northwest of Grovespring on Aug 20, 2012 after the sheriff’s office received a phone call from a relative of Miller, saying he'd made comments that he was going to harm himself with a firearm.

When deputies arrived, they say Miller waved a handgun at them, causing the deputies to take cover. A gunshot was heard, which blew out the front window of the house, says Sheriff Adler.

Officers from Wright County, Webster County and Laclede County Sheriff's Office's along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrived for assistance. In total, about 25 law enforcement officers took part.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter with a thermal image was dispatched from Jefferson City along with a Armor vehicle from Troop D in Springfield.
Sheriff Adler says several shots were then fired from what is believed to be from Miller. That's when Miller allegedly pushed the patrol car with a tractor before setting it on fire.

The aircraft later located Miller in a field. After a brief struggle, he was arrested and taken to Wright County Jail.

Miller had been assigned a court day in March of 2014 for a trial setting, but made an appearance in court Thursday where he made an Alford plea to the charges. Such a plea does not admit guilt, but does acknowledge that evidence exists that likely would result in a conviction.

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