Miller gets 18 years in prison for kidnapping

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Concurrent sentences to be served on multiple charges

An Eagle Rock man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of a Washburn woman in January 2014.

Matthew Miller, 22, was sentenced on multiple charges Tuesday, including 18 years in prison for the kidnapping, 15 years for second-degree burglary and 7 years for first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. He was also sentenced to four years for escaping the McDonald County jail in April and being captured in Texas. All sentences will run concurrently.

The kidnapping originated in McDonald County, where Miller, his brother, Michael Miller, and his brother's girlfriend, Amanda Rhodes, took a woman from her home on Trent Road, put her in the trunk of her vehicle and drove her to Cassville, where they forced her to withdraw $1,125 from an her bank account. After beating the woman, the brothers rolled her down a hill on Farm Road 1180 in Barry County. They later abandoned the vehicle near Table Rock Lake. The victim walked barefoot about one mile to a nearby home to call for help.

Michael Miller was sentenced to 18 years as well, as he and Matthew Miller each pleaded guilty and waived their right to jury trials.

Matthew Miller is still facing more charges, including felonious restraint, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, third-degree assault and fraudulent use of a debit card in Barry County. He has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance in a county jail in an August 2015 case where he and another inmate received marijuana from a Barry County jailer.

In McDonald County, Rhodes is charged with kidnapping, first-degree burglary, two counts of theft and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. She has a pretrial hearing scheduled for June 22 in the courtroom of Judge John Lepage.

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