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January 10, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Burien man sentenced to 50 years for killing ex-girlfriend

A Burien man was sentenced this afternoon to 50 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend just weeks after he was released from prison after doing time for assaulting her.

Scottye Miller, 31, faced a standard sentence range of 30 to 39 1/2 years, but King County prosecutors asked for the lengthy term because of his extensive history of assaulting women, including the victim, Tricia Patricelli. A jury last month found Miller guilty of first-degree murder, with a deadly weapon enhancement, for killing Patricelli, a 33-year-old mother of two, in her Auburn apartment in late October 2012.

The defense had asked for a sentence of just under 35 years, but King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Linda agreed that the crime warranted an exceptional sentence.

“I do know if Mr. Miller is free, he will re-offend,” said Linde, who noted that Miller showed “an almost pathological creativity in terrorizing women.”

According to prosecutors, Miller had repeatedly threatened Patricelli after she ended their four-year relationship. Miller had been released from prison two weeks before Patricelli was killed, having served time for assaulting and threatening to kill her in January 2012, according to charging documents.

Miller had previously been convicted of 15 violent crimes involving Patricelli and other victims, the documents said.

Neighbors who heard Patricelli’s screams and saw a man fleeing the apartment gave Auburn police a description that led them to Miller, who had blood on his clothing.

Miller stabbed her in her bathroom at least 30 times while armed with two knives, according to charging documents.

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