- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A man who admitted to killing four central Michigan women in the 1970s is up for parole after about 37 years in prison.

Donald Miller is scheduled to meet next month with a member of the state parole board, the Lansing State Journal reported (https://on.lsj.com/29YqVIC ).

Miller, 61, was given a sentence in 1979 of 30 to 50 years in prison for the rape and attempted murder of two Delta Township teenagers. He also confessed to killing four women, but a lack of evidence forced the Ingham County prosecutor to offer him reduced charges in exchange for leading them to the bodies.

Seven parole hearings were held between 1989 and 1997.

Another 20 to 40 years were added to his prison time after Miller was convicted of possessing a weapon in prison in 1994.

Relatives of the dead women and law enforcement officials have opposed parole over the years.

“He was one of the coldest people I’ve ever seen or met. He had no expressions, no feeling,” Ernest Stuart told the newspaper. “I can’t conceive of a situation where he would have any kind of consideration for any type of early release.”

Stuart’s then-wife, Kristine Stuart, was one of Miller’s victims. She went missing in East Lansing in 1978.

“I don’t think Donald Miller should ever walk the streets of any city, period,” said retired Ingham County Circuit Judge Peter Houk, who was Ingham County prosecutor from 1977 to 1986. “He will kill again if he’s out.”

Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd said it’s his goal to make sure the parole board knows “about the atrocities” Miller committed.

“The victims and the community should have a concern about Don Miller,” Lloyd said.

Miller is being held at a correctional facility in Jackson and declined the paper’s interview request.

His former attorney said Miller has “served his time.”

“I do think he’s no longer a threat to society,” Tom Bengtson said.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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