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New York Man Receives 100-month Sentence for Federal Firearms Charge Relating to Drug Related Armed Robbery in Rutland

May 14, 2012

Burlington, VT – The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated Judge Williams K. Sessions III, in U.S. District Court in Burlington, sentenced Sean Miller, 44, of Bronx, New York, to a 100-month sentence for his conviction to a charge of felon-in-possession of a firearm. This charge stems from allegations that Miller, who has two prior robbery felony convictions in New York, committed a July 10, 2011 armed robbery of a Jewel Hurt, who was staying at the Roadway Inn in Rutland. Mr. Miller had pled guilty to the felon-in-possession of a firearm charge. Judge Sessions also sentenced Miller to three years of supervised release to begin when he is released from prison.

According to court records, Miller went to Hurt's motel room with a Glock .40 caliber handgun, knocked on the door, and then scuffled with Hurt when he opened the door. According to court records multiple shots were fired but no one was injured from the shots. Miller was soon after tracked by a Rutland Police dog and was found with the gun near the end of Stafford Lane in Rutland. Miller stated that he went to the room to buy heroin. According to court records, however, Miller refused to tell detectives why he was also in possession of duct tape and gloves. Mr. Hurt is separately facing separate federal drug distribution charges.

U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin noted that this prosecution is part of the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhood, a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America. Led by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Project Safe Neighborhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who violate federal gun laws. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhood and Project Safe Vermont, please visit:

This case was jointly investigated by the Rutland City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella . Miller is represented by Bud Allen, Esq. of Burlington, Vermont.

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