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Ukiah man sentenced to 183 years in prison for shooting at police car

  • Walter Kristopher Miller (Foto: COURTESY OF MENDOCINO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE)

A Ukiah man who fired on a police car during a vehicle pursuit last year was sentenced Monday to 183 years in prison, according to the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office.

Walter Kristopher Miller, 43, was convicted in December of attempted murder of a police officer, assault with a semi-automatic pistol on a peace officer, first degree burglary, witness intimidation and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Miller had a long criminal history prior to the conviction. It includes two arrests on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and convictions for intimidating a witness and receipt of stolen property, according to county and state corrections officials.

Miller also has ties to a prison gang and was arrested three times last year for violation of parole in Sonoma County after his January 2012 release from San Quentin State Penitentiary, sheriff's officials said.

He was being investigated in connection with a burglary when he fled, then opened fire on a deputy's patrol car in February 2013.

The deputy was uninjured but a round of ammunition lodged in the grill and radiator of his patrol car, disabling it, authorities said.

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