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    *** Skate park - Skateboard, Street Justice *** Corvallis, Oregon -- 08/01/2005 Three teens seeking street justice hunted for Mark Miller for days among
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      *** Skate park - Skateboard, Street Justice ***

      Corvallis, Oregon -- 08/01/2005
      Three teens "seeking street justice" hunted for Mark Miller
      for days among Corvallis' homeless, telling people they were
      going to beat him up, according to a recently released Corvallis
      Police Department report.

      When Cruise Cassidy, Tyler Boyce and Mike Martin found Miller
      on Oct. 19, it was near the shelter under the Fourth Street Bridge,
      where homeless people often socialize and drink by a smoky fire.

      The trio beat him to death.

      On Oct. 14, the 52-year-old Miller had been in a fistfight,
      pulled out a knife and slashed Cassidy on the hand.

      According to the police report, after that fight, one homeless
      man said he started seeing the teens "everywhere, Safeway,
      Dari-Mart, under the bridge, and they kept asking, ‘Where's

      "They were looking for Miller but didn't find him," said another
      witness, who sometimes bought alcohol for the trio. He came
      across them three times in five days under the bridge.

      Another homeless man said that hours after Cassidy was slashed,
      one of the teens came after him with a knife, mistaking him for Miller.

      The police report, which became public information due to the trio's
      recent conviction and sentencing for manslaughter, shows the teens'
      persistence in seeking revenge.

      Other details also came to light, including information that Miller
      could have been charged for slashing Cassidy. Before the case
      could be heard by a grand jury, Boyce, age 15, Cassidy, 19, and
      Martin, 19, had taken the law into their own hands.

      Several witnesses said that they thought the teens were just meaning
      to hurt Miller not kill him. One woman worried that the teens were
      under the bridge on Oct. 19, but people by the fire thought she was

      When Miller left the gathering, though,
      the three teens ran after him.

      Miller suffered severe head injuries as a result of the beating,
      according to the report, and was kicked in the head while down
      on the ground. He died in part from blunt force trauma, according
      to an autopsy.

      Cassidy estimated the fight lasted five minutes. In the police report,
      an officer said, "I asked Cassidy if they beat Miller for the entire
      minutes and he said, ‘I guess so.' I also confirmed with Cassidy that
      Miller never fought back once he was on the ground."

      Miller pleaded for the beating to stop, Cassidy said.

      When the three teens started running from the scene, one suspect
      came back and asked if Miller was alright or dead. They ran through
      the homeless encampment, and witnesses heard one saying he thought
      Miller had been killed.

      "(Cassidy) told me he just wanted to get him back for stabbing him.
      He told me he did not intend to have him die," an officer said.

      Like many other police reports, statements in this one include a
      jumble of conflicting or semi-coherent viewpoints and changing

      As Miller's condition fluctuated in the hospital on Oct. 19 and early
      Oct. 20, Martin and Boyce denied involvement in the beating,
      according to the report. Boyce's father, Ed Boyce, also told police
      his son was at home during the time period the assault occurred.

      Cruise Cassidy, however, essentially confessed that the three
      assaulted Miller. Hours later, at 5:05 a.m. Oct. 20, Miller died,
      and the teenagers faced more serious accusations.

      The report includes statements that Miller previously had bought
      alcohol for the teens, and that the teens were drinking before they
      fought with him on Oct. 14 and the night they beat him on Oct. 19.

      Miller also had been drinking the night he was beaten, and
      during the previous three weeks he was struggling more with
      alcohol issues.

      Cassidy told police that Miller tried to apologize twice to him
      on Oct. 19 — once in an alley and again under the bridge.

      Miller's problems with Boyce, Cassidy and Martin
      may have stemmed from before the knife incident.

      Sue Dilworth, who owns the property where Miller was staying,
      told police that Miller had been having problems with three
      teenagers for a couple of weeks.

      Catherine Burch of Corvallis, Miller's daughter, said
      Miller feared for his life because of teens bullying him.

      "Miller told her about some teens hitting him with a skateboard, and
      said, ‘Those boys from the skate park are going to kill me,'" the report


      All three suspects accepted plea deals in the killing.

      Cassidy, who prosecutor Christian Stringer said did the bulk of
      the damage against Miller, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter
      in March and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

      Martin, now 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree
      manslaughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.

      In June, Boyce, who turned 16 this month, was the last of the three
      to be sentenced, receiving six years in custody after pleading guilty
      to second-degree manslaughter.

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