Millinder pleads in fatal crash
Madera man apologizes, takes responsibility for actions
CLEARFIELD — A Madera man pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence during sentencing in Clearfield County Court on Tuesday.
In July 2017, the vehicle Gregory Allen Millinder Jr., 33, was driving on state Route 53 in Woodward Township crossed the center line and struck two vehicles, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing on the case.
The impact killed 70-year-old Mary Teresa Caprio, who was a passenger in the second car, a Chevrolet Bel Air, that was struck head on.
Millinder was found to be under the influence of amphetamine, methamphetamine and Clonazepam.
Caprio’s daughter, Becky Proctor, was in court to express her feelings about losing her mother and how her life has been changed forever.
“I was asked to fill out a victim impact statement. Wasn’t it obvious?” she asked.
“He murdered my mother, and forever altered my being,” she said.
She detailed how she felt when she got the call about the accident and rushed to UPMC Altoona only to wait for hours before hearing her mother was gone.
Gary Stover, who was the driver of Caprio’s vehicle, suffered serious injuries that his family said changed him from a healthy 71-year-old man into someone needing care.
Stover himself stated that Millinder “murdered her by car.”
The couple whose vehicle was struck first, Susan and Daniel Gillette, were also on hand in court.
Susan spoke about how the two couples enjoyed going to car shows and how he “broke us” when he took Caprio away.
Daniel commented that this incident was preventable because Millinder chose to put chemicals in his body to “feel good,” not caring about others.
As the families spoke, Millinder’s head was down and he looked like he might be ill.
When he had a chance to speak, he apologized, acknowledging that there was nothing he could say to make up for what he had done. He took responsibility and said, “I hope my punishment will help you find peace.”
His attorney David Shrager, asked President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to find a balance “between justice and mercy.”
Others were on hand to show Millinder support, saying he has made changes to be on a better path and has been attending church regularly.
Millinder, who also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, was sentenced to a total term of six to 15 years in state prison by Ammerman.