Man sentenced for trying to kill wife

RICHMOND HEIGHTS -- A 74-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years for trying to kill his wife.

Ronald Miller, who was found guilty of attempted murder, placed a wooden "shim" in the accelerator of his wife's car. Police say it was done to prevent her from being able to stop.

His wife crashed into a building in February 2013, but survived.

On Feb. 4, a jury convicted Miller, 74, of Richmond Heights, on one count each of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and violation of a protection order.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven A. Gall imposed sentence at a hearing today.

At trial, the State of Ohio proved that, on Feb. 8, 2013, Ronald Miller attempted to kill Rhoda Miller, his third wife, by lodging a wood shim in the throttle mechanism of her 2004 Honda Civic.

Unable to stop, Rhoda Miller avoided hitting anyone in the parking lot by steering her car through the window of a nail salon at a Richmond Heights shopping plaza, Assistant County Prosecutor Gregory J. Mussman noted.

Rhoda Miller, now 65, was not hurt in the accident.

A tow truck driver discovered the wood shim lodged in the engine. Expert witnesses for the prosecution concluded that it would have been impossible for the wood shim to have gotten there accidentally.

Rhoda Miller, who filed for divorce after the accident, said at today's hearing that she was glad to have Ronald Miller out her life.

"This victim survived years of intimidation and abuse from this defendant," said Mussman, who prosecuted this case for the State of Ohio, along with former Assistant County Prosecutor Frankie Goldberg.

"She exhibited true strength when she drove into a building rather than risk the lives of others, and again when she testified against this man."


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