Domestic assault leads to probation

Published 7:52 am Thursday, December 23, 2010

An Austin man who allegedly hit a woman on the side of her head in October was sentenced to five years supervised probation Friday in Mower County Court.

Roger David Miller, 51, could face up to 15 months in prison if he violates his probation agreement. Some of his probation conditions include alcohol and controlled substance abstinence, completion of a chemical dependency evaluation, completion of anger management and 40 hours of community service.

Miller pleaded guilty to one charge of felony domestic assault in November; two other felony domestic assault charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

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Court documents said that Miller, of Lyle, allegedly threatened to “kick the crap” out of the woman and her daughter. Miller then allegedly got in the passenger seat of the woman’s car and hit her on the right side of the head with his forearm when she attempted to remove him from the vehicle.

When Lyle-Mapleview police arrived, Miller said the woman had hit him on the right knee with a bottle. Police later identified an injury on Miller’s knee.

Miller’s blood alcohol content when he was arrested was .216.

Court documents state Miller told police he “would not ever hit” the woman.

Miller has been convicted of two past assaults on the woman in March 2006 and July 2007.