A Louisiana man who shot and killed three people in his backyard was sentenced Thursday to life in state prison for his crimes.
Cody Miller, 33, was sentenced to life without parole for the three murders in New Orleans and New Orleans Parish, where he lived, according to the Orleans Parish State’s Attorney’s Office.
He will be eligible for parole in 2033.
The three victims, a 17-year-old boy, a 20-year old man and a 19-year young man, were killed in a home invasion at the home of Miller and his wife, according for the New Orleans Advocate newspaper.
The shooting spree, which started around 3:45 a.m.
Tuesday, started with a neighbor called in the middle of the night to check on their house, police said.
The victim’s girlfriend saw the two men inside and opened the door to alert them, police added.
Miller opened fire inside, shooting the victims, then ran inside the house to call 911, according the paper.
When officers arrived at the house, they found the victim lying on the living room floor.
He died at a local hospital.
A grand jury later indicted Miller on three counts of capital murder.
His first trial was in April, when he was found guilty of three counts.
He was sentenced by a jury in November to 20 years to life plus 20 years for the first murder, to be served consecutively to the other two.
The other two murders took place in February and March.
The first occurred at the couple’s home in the 7400 block of South Calvert Street, where the teen’s boyfriend was playing video games and the wife was out playing with a friend.
He told police he was on his cellphone when Miller came out and he fired a single shot.
The boyfriend was struck in the head and killed.
He went to a local medical center and later died.
The second murder took place at the girlfriend’s home, about a block away, on March 10.
When police arrived, they discovered the girl had been shot in the back, and her mother was on the phone to the boyfriend.
She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Miller also was charged with two counts of attempted murder and attempted robbery.
He pleaded not guilty.