Greenwood, S.C.; August 3, 2016 – Eighth Circuit Solicitor David M. Stumbo announced Wednesday that a Greenwood man was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his involvement in 2014 crash that left another man dead.A Greenwood County jury found Carmine J. Miranda III, 51, guilty Wednesday afternoon of felony DUI resulting in death following less than an hour of deliberation. Circuit Judge Donald Hocker then handed down the 16-year sentence.
During the early morning hours of October 16, 2014, Miranda was driving a Mercedes along S.C. 34 just east of Greenwood when he crossed the centerline, striking a Honda Accord driven by 24-year-old Peter Burton Miller II head-on.
Miller had to be extracted from the vehicle and was transported to Self Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to injuries he sustained in the crash.
Miranda was legally intoxicated at the time of the crash and three prior convictions for DUI. The most recent conviction occurred in 2008 and also involved a crash.
Senior Assistant Solicitor Elizabeth White and Assistant Solicitor Will Maxey handled the case for the state. Miranda was represented by Patricia Bolen and Elizabeth Able of the Eighth Circuit Public Defender’s Office.
“Hopefully, today’s verdict and subsequent sentencing give some measure of closure to Peter Miller’s family,” Solicitor Stumbo said following the trial. “I also hope it sends a message to those who would drink and drive in our communities that we will prosecute them to the fullest extent under the law.”