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Friday, June 3, 2016

Potter County Murder: Prather appeals life sentence to state Superior Court

By MARCIE SCHELLHAMMER Era Associate Editor marcie@bradfordera.com
Bradford Era

A former Coudersport man imprisoned for the brutal, premeditated murder of Samuel Miller in 2011 is seeking a lesser sentence, saying he was too young at the time of the murder to have been sent away for life.

Jonothan Prather, now 24, filed a Post Conviction Relief Act petition in Potter County Court, which was denied by President Judge Stephen Minor.

Prather has since filed an appeal to the state Superior Court.Prather was 19 at the time he and two others — Avery Buckingham, 26, and Kaylynn Benson, 16 — lured Miller, 18, into the woods near Prouty Park in southern Potter County under the auspices of spotting deer. Prather then shot Miller multiple times in the head and torso, reloaded his rifle and shot him twice more. Buckingham helped Prather deposit Miller’s body in Prouty Creek while Benson held a flashlight for them. Benson then hid the murder weapon in the attic of her father’s home.

In Prather’s petition, he alleged that because he was 19 — an adolescent — at the time of the murder, “the automatic mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole” was unconstitutional. Read more....

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really absolutely not you thought it out even reloaded and shot him again development issues i think not learned how to plan and execute a murder with over use of the fire arm sure seems you should have over thought the crime and thought about what happens after you murder so.eone in cold blood you need to rot in there

Anonymous said...

He had legally been an adult for a minimum of a year. Too young? He's full of sh*t! I hope he rots in jail.

Simple Simon said...

He is absolutely correct. A life sentence in this case is completely wrong. He was guilty of the heinous murder. He should be put to death by lethal injection and save the taxpayers a boatload of time and money.

Anonymous said...

Lured him....shot him in cold blood and then reloaded and did it again....no mercy for him.....save the tax payers some money and take him "spotting deer" make sure you reload too......he knew what he was doing....now he doesn't want to pay the consequences....let him rot

Anonymous said...

They'll deny the appeal. He has no case.

Anonymous said...

rot in jail does sam get to appeal the fate you decided for him? You not only shot this kid but shot him numerous times.You then threw his body in a creek like he was garbage. You shouldn't be allowed to see daylight ever again you monster. Bet that simple breaking and entering charge don't look so bad now does it?

Anonymous said...

May god have mercy on your soul.It was cold blooded murder and completly planned out.What makes you think you should have a lesser sentence?

pffft__ oh cry a river said...

those "kids" (yeah right) didn't seem to have much thought about murdering that kid, so guess what-
it seems that they chose to and decided to murder, planned how to go about it, how to do it and how to try to hide it . So they must live with the consequences of the destruction and murder they chose. don't feel one bit sorry for any of them. not one bit. they ended with less than what they deserved to have happen. Just a personal opinion.

Anonymous said...

Agree with ya ALL 100%! Sam had no clue they were going to shoot him to death n throw him in the river like he was nothing but a pc of garbage, he did the crime, now he can do his time!

Anonymous said...

He should have gotten a death sentence. The kid is evil.

Unknown said...

they all should have got the death penalty in my opinion!!! to young my ass !!!

Anonymous said...

Gee, the government believes in 18 year olds, as they can join the military!! He should have the same life sentence that the victim got. If there were heavier consequences, like the chair or firing squad, in this state maybe people wouldnt laugh at our justice system. Why should our legal system even entertain this b.s. Guilty of murder, die the same way. I am tired of footing the bill through my tax dollars to keep him alive. How many millions have we spent to keep the Manson family alive. An eye for an eye.

Anonymous said...

It's a joke he will never get what he wants in my opinion all three deserve to be taken out back and shot shown no remorse Sam was a friend son good person who's life was taken way to soon they should all pay as he did life in prison at least he gets the choice to live even if my tax dollers are paying for the bastard

Anonymous said...

I believe that they all should rot in jail. They didn't think twice about killing Sam Miller. I think the person that clean the gun should be sitting there too That night before they shot Sam they stopped to Sheetz Coudersport Pa. I saw them there .

Anonymous said...

His defense "too young at the time of the murder" Well his victim was too young to be murdered in cold blood. How about that?

Anonymous said...

So, the murderer of a teenager claims to be 'too young' to pay the price for stealing, the life of another? Many of us were married with children at the age, he was when he murdered that kid. Many men have died in wars at the age of 18 or 19. He made the shameful decision to lure & kill another human being. He stole that kid away from his family. The victim will never have any life at all. Life without the possibility of parole seems a light punishment for snuffing out a young life. No sympathy for the devil. Plenty of room in our privatized prison system for this scumbag.

Kirsten Wolfe said...

There's brain research suggesting that the adolescent brain, frontal, isn't fully developed until age 25 and also depending on the individual and if there was childhood trauma then there's some leeway on such development. I think we will see more and more of these situations where"kids" commit terrible crimes and lawyers will use this "research" in the defense. Sad situation here. It would be very difficult to say this "kid" didn't know what he was doing, regardless of "brain " research.

Dustin Stafford said...

I think they should execute all 3..they decided on their own to become adults.. well welcome to your adulthood.