The driver who fled after fatally striking two S.C. highway workers on a roadside a year ago is heading to prison.
Lonnie Dean Miller, 30, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of reckless homicide, two counts of hit and run involving death and one count of hit and run involving minor personal injury, according to Aiken County court records.
Circuit Court Judge Doyet “Jack” Early III sentenced Miller to 25 years in prison for each of the hit and run involving death charges, 10 years for each of the reckless homicide charges, and one year for the hit and run involving minor personal injury charge, according to court records.
The sentences – the maximum allowed for those charges under South Carolina law – will run concurrently.
Miller was driving the Pontiac Grand Prix that fatally struck Tony Redmond, 54, and Robert Clark, 64, who were employees of the S.C. Department of Transportation, officials have said. Redmond and Clark were working on the side of S.C. 421 near North Augusta on March 13 when they were hit. A third highway department employee was hit but survived.
Miller fled but later turned himself in to authorities.
Before sentencing, Miller expressed remorse.
“I beg everyone for their forgiveness,” Miller said with tears in his eyes, according to the Aiken Standard. “I’m so sorry. I truly am sorry to the victims’ (families). I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”
Miller had no prior criminal record in South Carolina but was on probation for a 2014 conviction in Richmond County, Ga., for obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery or deception, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation records. He was sentenced to six years probation and a $1,500 fine for the felony charge.
WJBF-TV in Augusta reported at the time that Miller had nearly two-dozen driving offenses in Georgia from 2004 to 2016, including hit-and-run, fleeing police and reckless driving in 2004. He also was cited for speeding in a construction zone in 2006 and passing in a no-passing zone in 2015.