Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Electrician who tried to rape customer gets 50 years in prison

TAMPA — She sobbed quietly as the courtroom was filled with the sound of the 911 call she made moments after escaping the man who tried to sexually assault her in her own home.

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He was an electrician who came to her Riverview home to do some work. Instead he pulled her to the ground with a knife in his hand. He beat her and tore her clothes off.

She fought back. She turned the man's own knife on him, pulled off the tape he tried to force over her mouth and bit at his legs. She screamed until neighbors ran over and Adam Millan fled in his car.

"I was just attacked in my house ... I know who he is ... He had a knife and he was punching me in the face," the woman cried into the phone. "He tried to rape me."

He was arrested soon after that 2016 incident. In June, he pleaded guilty.

His sentencing was Thursday. Once again, the woman had to face her attacker.

The only thing that can give her some semblance of peace, she told Hillsborough Circuit Judge Mark Kiser, was knowing Millan was behind bars.

"Give him the harshest sentence possible," she said, "so he can never destroy anymore lives."

The judge sentenced Millan to spend 50 years in prison.

For Millan, 52, that could very well be a life sentence.

The Tampa Bay Times does not identify victims of sexual assault.

The woman's property manager had hired the company where Millan worked, Big Daddy Electric, to make some repairs to her rental home. Millan, who is not licensed, arrived on May 18, 2016.

Instead, prosecutors say, Millan lured the woman into her garage by saying he needed her to flip a circuit breaker.

Then he pulled her to the ground. He sat on top of her, using his knees to pin her arms down, she said.

She was able to identify Millan to deputies. He had been to her home three weeks before to give her an estimate.

On Thursday, she told the court that the attack let her with bruises all over, a broken nose and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"He beat me all over my head," she told the judge. For days, her lips were too swollen and cracked to use a straw. She needed help sitting up and using the shower.

She still fears being home alone. Even a walk to the mailbox can end in a panic attack.

Millan, of Ruskin, has been through the prison system before.

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He was convicted in 1998 for killing a Queens, New York man he once called his best friend. His past moved prosecutors to fight for him to be classified as a habitual violent offender and receive a longer sentence.

Millan pleaded guilty to charges of sexual battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery and false imprisonment on June 19.

At that hearing, Millan admitted to attacking the woman.

He told the court on Thursday he has no memory of the attack because he was "high on an unknown substance." He pleaded guilty without any kind of deal in place, hoping the court would show leniency if he showed contrition.

"Have mercy," he told the judge. "It wasn't intentional. I'm taking responsibility ... I didn't mean to take her innocence away."

The defense asked the judge to sentence Millan to 15 to 20 years in prison, followed by sex offender probation. Prosecutors asked for a minimum sentence of 30 years. The guidelines called for a sentence of up to life in prison.

Millan spent a little over a decade behind bars in New York for killing Vincent Peters, 45. His daughter, Amanda Peters, 29, has been watching Millan's case unfold in Florida from up north.

She marked his sentencing date on her calendar.

"Justice is finally being served," she said in a text message.

Contact Sara DiNatale at [email protected] Follow @sara_dinatale.

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