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November 29, 2022

8/23/2022 6:45:00 PM
BREAKING: Anderson sentenced to life in prison
Heather Schaefer
Associate Editor

After reading aloud excerpts of notes and text messages found on Hannah Miller's cellphone describing the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of Christopher Terrell Anderson, as well as her desperate attempts to break free from him, Oneida County Circuit Judge Mike Bloom sentenced Anderson to life in prison with no eligibility for release on extended supervision at any point.

Bloom handed down the sentence on Tuesday afternoon, just over a week after Anderson, 31, plead guilty to the execution-style killing of his former girlfriend, the mother of his child, on a local roadside last summer.

Miller's body was discovered in a ditch on River Bend Road at about 11 a.m. June 30, 2021 with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. The pathologist who conducted the autopsy later reported Miller suffered a wound to the chest, two to the back and one at the base of the skull, along with a graze wound to the arm.

Oneida County district attorney Mike Schiek said he submitted photos of the wounds to the judge for review in making the determination as to whether Anderson should at some point be eligible for release on extended supervision. The photos were described in vivid detail in open court as were the years of abuse - physical, sexual and emotional - Miller endured and documented.

As Bloom himself put it, the question before him on Tuesday boiled down to whether Anderson's decision to plead guilty to first-degree intentional homicide - sparing the family and the state the burden of a trial - should entitle him to an opportunity, at some point in the future, to seek re-entry into society.

"In my judgment, the answer is no," he said.

A full story on the sentencing will be published in the Friday edition of the River News.

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