Fall River Man Who Attacked Woman With Guitar Sentenced to Prison

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office

Thomas M. Quinn III

District Attorney

Press Release

July 21, 2016

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced that a 34-year-old Fall River man was sentenced to serve two to four years in state prison this week after being convicted of assaulting his girlfriend with a guitar.

Casey Miller, formerly of 183 George Street, submitted an “unagreed plea” before Superior Court Judge Robert T. Kane Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court. During the plea hearing, Assistant District Attorney Katie Rayburn argued that Mr. Miller should serve two-and-a-half years to five years in state prison due to the egregiousness of the crime. His defense attorney, however, argued for probation.

After hearing both sides, Judge Kane sentenced the defendant to serve two to four years in state prison, to be followed by two years of supervised probation. The terms of his probation include having no contact with the victim, submit to random drug and alcohol screening, complete an inpatient addiction program, and undergo domestic violence counseling.

On February 10, 2016, Fall River Police were called to the defendant’s residence by the victim. Police learned that after the couple had been out at a city bar, the defendant became belligerent and violent upon the couple’s arrival back home. Once inside their apartment, the defendant began destroying items inside. He then took a guitar and smashed it over her head and punched her in the face. Upon arrival, police found pieces of the guitar in the victim’s head. The victim was taken to Charlton memorial Hospital, where she had to receive staples on her head due to the severity of the attack.

“I am satisfied that this Defendant was held accountable for his outrageous behavior with the imposition of a State Prison sentence. I requested this case be brought to superior court because of the “barbaric”  nature of the assault on the victim,” said District Attorney Quinn.  “These violent assaults against women will be aggressively prosecuted by this office.”


Gregg Miliote

Director of Communications