Miller pleaded guilty in September 2012 to a single charge of deprivation of rights to be free from the use of excessive force by a law officer.”
He had been charged with a total of 10 counts and was originally scheduled to be sentenced last February.
Miller’s attorney, Donald Cretella, said his client felt the decision “was the best thing for his family.”
“He pleaded guilty to one charge of punching one guy who wasn’t a minority,” Cretella said at the time.
Miller, 44, admitted to punching a man during a January 2012 arrest on Thompson Street. Court reports indicated the man — identified only by his initials as “N.D.” — had already been handcuffed by two officers when Miller popped him.
Cretella said Miller “lost his cool” during the incident and added that his client was “adamant about not doing anything to any minorities.”
The announcement of Miller’s sentencing comes roughly a month after Officers David Cari and Dennis Spaulding were found guilty in federal court of a pattern of civil rights abuses. Cari’s case revolved around his arrest of a New Haven priest in February 2009.