The family dentist who had his license suspended by the state of Arizona after he tried to kill a patient was sentenced Friday for his crimes, including the attempted murder of a man who was visiting from New York City.
James G. Miller, 62, of Pueblo, Colo., pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the 2016 death of James P. Miller in his home state of Colorado.
He was sentenced to seven years in prison, followed by six years of supervised release and two years of probation.
In November 2016, Miller was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service after the victim, a 59-year-old male patient who was not related to Miller, went to his dentist.
The man was reportedly not suicidal, but his dental care provider, Dr. Thomas J. Clements, said Miller tried to slit his throat with a knife and then slit his eyes and nose.
Miller had attempted to kill the patient and was awaiting trial when he was arrested in March 2018.
Miller told authorities that the patient had a broken tooth and was on dialysis.
He claimed he was a dentist and the patient did not want him to be a dentist.
Miller, who has not been identified by his attorneys, had pleaded guilty in April to attempted first-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the stabbing death of the victim in a hospital room in 2016.