Man Charged In Connection To Twin Falls Murder Was Sentenced
One of the four people involved in the death of dale miller a year ago in September was sentenced in court today.
The Twin Falls County Prosecutor says on September Seventh, 2007 - 18 year old dale miller went to 322 Morningside Drive, apartment number one - where he talked with John McElhiney and Cameron Watts.
Grant Loebs says miller apparently owed the two men about 200 dollars.
He says McElhiney and Watts beat miller, tied him up, and stuffed him in the trunk of his own car.
Loebs says miller managed to escape - but McElhiney put Miller back into the trunk.
Grant Loebs says, "Mr. Watts arrived back at the apartment where he found and pointed out to Mr. McElhiney upon opening the trunk that dale was dead. And the two then started to talk about what to do about that fact."
Loebs says McElhiney and Watts bought a yellow metal barrel at 'D and B supply' - stole miller's belongings from his apartment - and placed his body in a barrel where it was found four days later.
Daniel Brown says, "He has chosen to accept responsibility for his actions. Not only for the actions involved in this case, but for other factors contained outside of this courtroom."
Cameron Watts says, "If I’d have known what was gonna happen to dale, I would've done something different to alter fate. In all of this my family has suffered a great loss, but it will never, ever come close to the loss of the miller family. For this I'm very sorry. And I pray that every day god will comfort both families and bless them."
On the charge of first degree murder - district judge Richard Bevan sentenced watts to life in prison - with 20 years fixed before the possibility of parole.
Bevan also ordered watts to pay court costs - and more than 67 hundred dollars in restitution.
Because of the agreement with the state regarding the specified sentence - watts waived his right to appeal Bevan's ruling.