Myrtle Beach man sentenced to 10 years in separate kidnapping cases

troot@thesunnews.comOctober 15, 2012 

A Myrtle Beach man was ordered to serve 10 years in prison on two kidnapping charges that stemmed from separate incidents involving a woman and a man, according to court records.

Michael Shawn Miller, 48, pleaded guilty to two counts of kidnapping and Circuit Court Judge Larry Hyman sentenced him to 10 years in prison on each charge. The sentences will run concurrently and Miller was given credit for the 13 months he’s served since being arrested.

The charges stem from Aug. 10, 2011 when a 50-year-old man told Myrtle Beach police that Miller, who assaulted him, had lived with him for about a week when they were drinking alcohol and Miller attacked him after a discussion about the victim’s sexual orientation.

The man said Miller also refused to allow him to leave the house and ordered him around before Miller passed out and the man was able to leave, according to the report. Officers found Miller sleeping inside the house and took him into custody.

In the other, unrelated incident, Miller was charged with kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature in connection with a Dec. 26 assault on a woman in Myrtle Beach.

A 37-year-old woman told police that Miller woke up angry, hit her, pulled her hair and kept her from leaving the room, according to the report.

The woman said Miller refused to allow her to leave the room and sexually assaulted her, according to the report. Officers noted the woman’s face was swollen in several places and she had bruises and burn marks on her arms. EMS took the woman to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The woman told police Miller had just gotten out of jail for assaulting her earlier in the month.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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