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Congressman Gohmert on Sergeant Derrick Miller Being Granted Parole

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Washington, March 21, 2019 | comments

Yesterday, Sergeant Derrick Miller was granted parole and will be released from Fort Leavenworth on May 20, 2019 after having served eight years in military prison. Sgt. Miller was serving a Life Sentence at Fort Leavenworth for murder though he acted in self-defense when an Afghan insurgent attempted to take his gun. 

Beverly Perlson of The Band of Mothers wrote in an email announcing Sgt. Miller's release, “I especially want to thank Congressman Louie Gohmert for his valiant effort to fight for this American Son.  One meeting with Congressman Gohmert is all it took for this good and caring Congressman from Texas to engage on Derrick's behalf. Congressman Gohmert went that extra mile, he attended two of Derrick's hearings and he fought for his release!  I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you live in Texas, you are lucky to have such a devoted and caring Congressman who fights for our brave Sons who fight for us.” 

Congressman Gohmert responded, “It has been my honor to advocate for Sergeant Derrick Miller, who appeared to have the deck stacked against him during the Obama administration while Sgt. Miller worked passionately to defend his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan. After first backing Sgt. Miller’s story, an Afghan interpreter was coaxed into changing his story to testify at trial against Sgt. Miller with promises of U.S. citizenship for himself and his family.  Since prior efforts to get U.S. visas had been denied, he was more than willing to have a U.S. soldier convicted if it meant safety and legalization for them in the U.S.  It was evident that same deck was stacked against Sgt. Miller when witnesses he needed in Afghanistan were not allowed to come testify at his trial in the U.S.”

“Certainly Sgt. Miller was not guilty of pre-meditated murder as he was originally convicted, which is why I testified at a hearing to modify the conviction so he could become eligible for parole. Then when the Board agreed to modify his conviction, he became eligible for parole. It was my honor to testify once again for him at the parole hearing. The faith in God of Derrick and his mother never wavered during the nine-year ordeal. They are very special people. Derrick’s actions actually saved American military lives for which not only got no credit; he was sent to prison. But this good news has brought joy for Derrick and those of us who were trying to help him,” Congressman Gohmert said. 

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