Commonwealth v. Riley Garrett Miller; 20 Years in Prison for Stabbing Officer, Set-Up of Armed Robbery

Commonwealth v. Riley Garrett Miller; 20 Years in Prison for Stabbing Officer, Set-Up of Armed Robbery
April 27, 2021

​Virginia Beach, Va. – Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Riley Garrett Miller, age 21, formerly of the 4700 block of Victory Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Malicious Wounding, Robbery, Use of a Firearm, Conspiracy, and Possession of Schedule I/II Drug. Judge Shockley sentenced Miller to 37 years in prison with 17 years suspended leaving twenty (20) years to serve. Miller pled guilty to charges of Robbery, Use of a Firearm, Conspiracy, and Possession of Schedule I/II Drug on September 28, 2020. Judge Shockley found him guilty of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Malicious Wounding after a trial. The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on December 13, 2017, Riley Miller, who was a juvenile at the time, provided a gun to another juvenile, Jonathan Todora, to use in a robbery. Todora exchanged messages with the victim, who was a female college student, setting up a deal to sell Xanax to her. Ultimately, the victim picked up Todora in her vehicle, and Todora robbed her at gunpoint in a parking lot. He struck her in the face with the firearm several times, took $300 from her, and fled on foot.The victim ran to police officers at a nearby Wawa store and reported the robbery. As officers searched for the suspect, 911 dispatch alerted them that a person matching the robbery suspect's description was reported to be arguing with his stepfather and armed with a knife. Officers arrived at that scene wearing police uniforms and in marked police vehicles. They encountered Miller and gave commands for Miller to get on the ground, but Miller did not comply and began to step away. As an officer bear-hugged Miller from behind, they fell to the ground, and another officer saw a knife in Miller's hand. That officer yelled out, "Knife!" and the struggle continued until officers got Miller to the ground and secured the knife. An officer sustained a stab wound to his upper right thigh and bled profusely. Another officer saved his life by applying a tourniquet, loading him into a police SUV, and meeting an ambulance in route to the hospital. The officer survived the stabbing after treatment at the hospital. Right after the stabbing occurred, several officers heard Miller yelling phrases including, "I hope that officer dies," "I will do it again if you un-cuff me," and expressing his hatred for police. During an interview with a sergeant of the Virginia Beach Police Department, Miller admitted to stabbing the officer. Police apprehended Todora in a residential backyard a short distance away. A search of Miller's phone revealed that he provided Todora with the gun to complete the robbery and that they planned to split the proceeds. Miller had a class jar containing clonazolam, a Schedule I drug, in his backpack. Miller and Todora's cases were certified to Circuit Court for trial as adults due to the serious nature of the charges. Todora pled guilty to Robbery and Use of a Firearm and received a sentence of ten (10) years in prison with seven (7) years and five (5) months suspended, leaving two (2) years and five (5) months to serve.Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Brandon C. Emery and C. Andrew Rice prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.