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Victim in Cash Hollow robbery pleads to manslaughter for shooting attacker in back

Becky Campbell • Feb 10, 2020 at 8:10 PM

The victim of a drug-related robbery committed by five people pleaded guilty in Washington County Criminal Court last week for killing one of his attackers.

Brandon Lynn Miller, 34, was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Charles Shelton, 32, of Lewisburg, four counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter, one count of employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, four counts of employing a firearm during an attempt to commit a dangerous felony and three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The shooting happened Jan. 16, 2019, at 415 Cash Hollow Road after five people showed up at Miller’s residence and robbed him and held a gun on his grandmother. When the five fled the scene, Miller got a gun and shot at the fleeing people. Shelton was shot and killed while the other four drove off.

Shortly after the shooting, Miller and his girlfriend, Summer Bentley, also fled the scene. They were later arrested in Seymour after after a chase and a three-hour standoff with officers from multiple police agencies. Bentley was charged with accessory after the fact.

In a hearing last week, Miller pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was ordered to serve eight years in prison. Bentley pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and was sentenced to two years of supervised probation.

Assistant District Attorney General Justin Irick said had Miller not shot at his attackers as they fled, he would not have been charged with a crime.

Much of what happened was captured on an extensive surveillance system installed around the residence, Irick said.

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