Anchorage man sentenced to 50 years for killing caregiver
An Anchorage man will spend 50 years in prison for killing his caregiver at an assisted living facility.
Paul Miller, 54, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for fatally shooting 63-year-old Eduardo Escalante on Aug. 12, 2014.
Miller’s attorney said his client suffered from mental illness and paranoia.
Escalante’s widow, Belma Escalante, addressed Judge Kevin Saxby before the sentencing. She told him the couple had moved to Anchorage from the Philippines just five months before her husband was murdered.
She said they retired from government work in the Philippines and moved to the Alaska because their dreams were to become U.S. citizens.
“We accepted job as caregivers because we know this is the United States and all jobs are equal,” Belma Escalante said.
Miller attended the sentencing via video conference from Goose Creek Correctional Center. His expression remained unchanged during the entire proceeding, even while Belma showed pictures of her husband and talked about how his death impacted her family.
“We lost the man who loved and cared for us so much," she said. "Paul Miller inflicted in our hearts a wound that is so painful, a wound that even time couldn’t heal."
Judge Saxby accepted the plea deal, which sentenced Miller to 50 years in jail. He would be eligible for parole in about 16 years but his attorney said because of Miller’s declining health it’s unlikely he would live to see that day.