Rhode Island State Senator Joshua Miller, a Democrat, has been sentenced to pay restitution for keying a man’s car last month. On Tuesday, Miller appeared in court and admitted to charges of vandalism and obstruction of a police officer. He expressed remorse for his actions and lack of judgment, stating that he takes full responsibility for the incident.
Miller was arrested in June after vandalizing a car with a “Biden Sucks” bumper sticker and initially lied to police about his involvement. He later pled no contest to the charges and was ordered to pay $2,850 in restitution to the vehicle owner and donate $250 to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. If he remains crime-free for the next year, the case will be expunged from his record.
Despite the controversy surrounding his actions, Miller asserted that he has no plans to resign from his position at the state house. The Rhode Island Republican Party chair called for his resignation, expressing disappointment in the plea deal. However, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, a top Rhode Island Democrat, defended Miller, citing his long record of service and willingness to take responsibility.
The incident involving Miller, who has been in office since 2006, was captured on surveillance footage at the Garden City Center in Cranston. When confronted by police, Miller claimed that the victim was daring him to key the car and suggested that the man was one of the “gun nuts” he believes is stalking him for sponsoring gun control legislation.
Despite differing opinions on the case, the City of Cranston Solicitor stated that there was no favoritism involved, and Miller was treated like anyone else by the city. The Cranston Police Department emphasized that nobody is above the law, and the officers handled the investigation fairly and without preferential treatment.
Miller and the Cranston Police Department have not provided further comments on the matter.