(TMU) – A man in Montana who initially faced over 60 counts of child sex abuse has received a deferred sentence of only one year after agreeing to a plea deal.
William Edward Miller Jr., a 51-year-old man from Great Falls, was arrested last February after a 14-year-old girl accused him of raping her. Miller also allowed an 11-year-old boy to rape her while he watched.
Last August, Miller was also charged with 64 counts of felony sexual abuse of children after investigators found images on his phone and laptop of children and animals being sexually abused.
Police had received a warrant to search his home after Miller called people in jail asking them to destroy his phone, reports the Great Falls Tribune.
During the investigation, officers also found a loaded gun under a mattress as well as Miller’s laptop. Upon examining his laptop, investigators found several images depicting child abuse as well as thousands of images related to bestiality.
Among the images were those depicting him engaging in sexual acts with a 17-year-old minor, who Miller later married when she became 19.
In a plea deal Miller later reached with prosecutors, the vast majority of charges ended up being dismissed. Based on a single photo of the 17-year-old girl that was found in his possession, Miller pleaded guilty to one count of felony sexual abuse of children and one count of misdemeanor unsworn falsification to authorities.
On Monday, Cascade County District Judge Elizabeth Best sentenced Miller to six months in prison for the misdemeanor. However, he received credit for 384 days of time served.
For the felony charge, Miller was given a one-year deferred sentence and was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment in the community. However, the deferred sentence allows Miller to have the child sex abuse charge wiped from his record provided he doesn’t commit another crime over the next year, reports KFBB.
The felony charges to which Miller pleaded guilty are connected to a photo of 17-year-old teenager Shiloh Young. The woman, who is now 19, and has been married to Miller for three months. She claims that she had taken the photo of herself to help her deal with body issues that she had.
“William is a kind, compassionate, empathetic man. Never has he manipulated or controlled me,” Young explained to the judge. “I ask that we be free of this charge. I feel that we have suffered enough, and I am not a victim of my husband.”
During sentencing, Judge Best said that she was only able to impose sentencing on Miller based on the charges that had been presented to her and what was able to be proven, rather than on the myriad accusations against the sex offender.
“I think it’s really easy and it’s easy for courts, from the bench, to use these offenses as an opportunity to grandstand and to make statements for the newspaper and TV,” Best explained.
“They’re very, very loaded charges. They’re very difficult charges to defend against,” she added.
During sentencing, Miller complained that his time in jail was served “for stuff that I didn’t even do,” and that he tries to be a good person but suffers from “really bad luck.”
After Miller completes a year of unsupervised probation, he will also be able to petition to have himself removed from sex offender registries.
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.