By Lisa Redmond
LOWELL — A 32-year-old local man, convicted in 1999 in Kentucky for killing his mother, has been sentenced to seven years in a Massachusetts prison after being convicted of raping a woman in Pepperell.
Lowell Superior Court Judge Paul Chernoff sentenced Aaron Miller to seven to 9 1/2 years in state prison on Tuesday followed by six years probation. Miller was convicted last month of one count of rape and photographing the victim obscenely.
While on probation, Miller must stay away from the victims, their families and any witnesses in the case. During the first two years of his probation, he must wear a GPS monitoring ankle bracelet and never come within one mile of the victims’ homes and work. He must attend counseling if his probation requires it.
Prosecutor Lisa McGovern asked for a heavier sentence of 12 to 13 years in state prison, arguing that Miller was on parole for manslaughter when the rape occurred. Miller pleaded guilty in Kentucky to fatally stabbing his 47-year-old mother, Brenda Jean Miller, with a 16-inch knife when she got between him and his father, Randall, during a fight.
After serving 6 1/2 years of his 15-year sentence in a Kentucky prison for his mother’s killing, Miller was released after successfully employing a loophole in the law that allows early parole for victims of domestic assault: Miller claimed his father had abused him.
Soon after his release, however, Miller and his now 60-year-old father moved to Pepperell to be closer to family members.
Prosecutors allege that in June 2009, Miller met a 23-year-old woman and her friends at a club in Nashua. After driving them to his home in Pepperell, Miller served the women alcohol and introduced them to his father, who uses a wheelchair because his right leg is amputated.
McGovern proved that when the woman passed out, Miller raped her in his bedroom. Miller photographed the unconscious woman. Miller’s father, Randall, violated the woman next.
Randall Miller pleaded guilty to one count of rape. He will be sentenced at a later date.