The Clearwater man charged with killing two S.C. DOT workers in Aiken County in a fatal hit-and-run last year pleaded guilty Friday afternoon and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Lonnie Dean Miller, 30, pleaded guilty Friday to the charges of two counts of reckless homicide, two counts of a hit-and-run involving death and one count of a hit-and-run involving minor injury.
On March 13, 2017, Miller was heading north on Augusta Road near Atomic Road around 8:30 a.m., when he struck three S.C. DOT workers working on the side of the road, inspecting a shoulder washout.
South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers responded to the incident location after receiving a call about a hit-and-run involving Aiken County maintenance workers.
Anthony J. Redmond, 54, of Warrenville, and Robert Clark, 64, of Aiken, were both killed, while the third man survived with only minor injuries, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.
Investigators determined a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix sedan was traveling north on Augusta Road when it ran off the right side of the roadway and struck the workers, according to Highway Patrol.
The driver fled the scene, but the vehicle was located by law enforcement a short time later with assistance from a witness.
Miller turned himself in to police shortly after the incident.
Miller did not stop to try and help the men after he struck them, and he fled the area, solicitors said.
Second Judicial Circuit Judge Doyet A. Early III called the whole incident a "horrible situation" Friday.
Members of Clark's and Redmond's families filled the courtroom.
Prior to sentencing, Miller expressed his grief.
"I beg everyone for their forgiveness," Miller said with tears in his eyes. "I'm so sorry. I truly am sorry to the victims' family. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."