Danville man sentenced to 30 years in fatal shooting

Danville man sentenced to 30 years in fatal shooting

DANVILLE — A Danville man will spend the next 30 years in prison for a December 2012 fatal shooting.

Derrick L. Miller, 34, pleaded guilty in Vermilion County Circuit Court on Friday to an amended charge of first-degree murder-great bodily harm in connection to the death of Scotty L. Polk.

Circuit Judge Craig DeArmond sentenced Miller to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Miller was credited with already having served 322 days behind bars.

He will be required to serve 100 percent of his sentence.

Miller originally was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery.

Police found Mr. Polk lying in the area of Lape and Fairweight streets around 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2012. A man who was walking in the area said he heard what he described as someone groaning, discovered the individual and called authorities.

Initially, police and emergency medical responders were not sure of the cause of the victim's injuries, but thought he may have been shot. He was taken to a Danville hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

An autopsy showed he died of multiple gunshot wounds. Prosecutors said the shooting was the result of a dispute between the two men and not a random shooting.

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