OSWEGO, NY – The three young men responsible for the February death of a Granby man were in Oswego County Court Monday (Dec.16) but before sentencing hearings began, the victim’s sister had an opportunity to address the judge and the three men responsible for killing her brother.
In a statement read in open court, District Attorney Greg Oakes said, “I’m reading a letter that was prepared by the victim’s sister, Lulia Brown. It states:”
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Anthony’s sister. I have had the privilege of knowing Anthony John Miller for the last 46 years. Tony was the youngest of eight children that my mother conceived. Until recently my privileges were taken away from me. I can no longer communicate with Tony, no more visits, no more texting or instant messages. You see, Tony isn’t here in the physical world anymore. He’s gone.
My baby brother is dead.
From what I know, on or about Feb. 3, 2014, also known as Superbowl Sunday, there was a party at Tony Miller’s trailer. Later in the evening my brother noticed that someone had stolen something and he asked everyone to leave. It was said that Tony left his trailer, and then later returned.
We’re not sure if it happened on or after he arrived home, but he was viciously attacked and murdered in his own home.
He was found later the next day by friends living in the trailer park. As I sit here weeping and feeling heartbroken, all I can think about is the senseless and brutal manor of his death. I was notified by a family member around 4 p.m. that Tony was dead. It was surreal and confusing. I didn’t believe them. I had to call the state police myself to confirm, at which time they were reluctant to answer my questions, saying they couldn’t tell me much, only the guess he was deceased.
I still can’t believe he’s gone. They couldn’t tell me if it was natural causes or what, so I started calling people that Tony knew and investigated his Facebook page to obtain information. I found the people that found Tony dead, they told me at the party how Tony shut it down because someone had stolen from him; how they checked on him the next day but he didn’t respond to text or phone calls, so they went over to check on him and he didn’t answer the door.
The keys were still in the door, so they entered the trailer only to find him dead. His head was bloody and blood was on his chest. He was cold. I only thought the worst now. My brother was murdered, that it wasn’t natural causes.
After several weeks and several calls, the state police called me with information. It was around 5 a.m. They had a suspect in custody. They were on their way to arrest two other individuals. I asked for the names of the persons in custody. They told me Glenn Carr Jr.
What the hell.
I couldn’t believe my ears. He was like a son to Tony. Carr’s father was a good friend of my brother.
Not little Glenn.
Tony took little Glenn and Glenn Sr. into his home when they were homeless, after little Glenn’s mother went to a rehabilitation center with her addiction.
And this is the thanks my brother gets.
Little Glenn was doomed from birth. With his father being in, and out of jail, and his mother being a crack-head. It was inevitable.
The other “boys” Zachary Scott and Michael Celi, all friends of Tony’s, if you want to call them friends. My brother would have given the shirt off his back if someone needed it. He was a good man and didn’t deserve what happened to him.
Tony was frail, and riddled with pain due to his diabetes condition. He wouldn’t have been able to defend himself against anyone, not to mention three teenagers.
These three “boys” betrayed the trust of my brother and beat Tony so bad the hammer was broken into two pieces. But no, that wasn’t enough. Michael Celi had to stab Tony two times, claiming Tony ran into the knife, and then saying “that the knife fell out of his hands and into Tony’s chest.” They robbed him blind and left Tony for dead.
What were these last few moments of my baby brother’s life like? Was he alive when they left? Was he calling out for help? Did he die immediately? Did the suffering prolong?
What were these boys thinking? What were they doing during the four weeks before they were caught? Were they feeling remorseful?
I have so many questions. Questions that will never be answered.
If I could say anything to these boys, I’d address them as follows:
Zachary Scott – I say to you, you are a follower. You attacked a man that trusted you and allowed you into his home. I thank you for “manning up” and accepting your plea deal and admitting your part in this horrific crime. I’ll pray for you and your parents who are suffering as well. But it can’t compare to my loss. At least they will have a son to visit – in prison never the less – but to visit.
I can no longer visit my brother because he’s dead. He’s in a box, wrapped gold paper from Sugar’s Funeral Home, in my dining room.
Glenn Carr Jr. – I say to you, I know you masterminded this whole hideous home invasion. You betrayed the trust of a man that treated you like a son. He took you and your father in when you were homeless. And that’s the thanks he gets.
I thank the person that turned you in, even if it was your aunt, and probably collected the reward money from “Crime Stoppers” too.
I blame you for your stupidity. You knew it wasn’t right, but you did it. You could have made a phone call and tipped off someone. Maybe Tony would still be alive. Your disregard for human life disgusts me.
I blame your parents for not teaching you right from wrong. They weren’t there most of your life. They had their own issues, with drug abuse and a life filled with breaking rules and disregard for the law. If you had a different life with caring parents your life might have been different.
I pray you have plenty of time to think about your part in Tony’s death and know how many people’s lives you affected by your actions.
I pray that every Superbowl Sunday be a constant reminder of what you did to Tony. I hope your visit in prison be as pleasant as my brother’s last moments of life.
Do yourself a favor and get an education in prison. Make something of yourself, other than a menace to society.
To Michael Celi – I say to you, I’d want to say I hate you, but I won’t stoop so low. Your actions that night were uncalled for. You have left our hearts empty and riddled with pain – a pain that will last a lifetime.
My brother trusted you in every way. I hope your stay in prison is rough. I hope someone manhandles you like you did my brother. I hope every day is filled with constant reminders of your stupidity and your disregard of human life.
I pray for your parents, for the loss of your presence for the next 19 plus years.
If I had my way I would have charged your brother, too, for being the driver of the vehicle that brought you to my brother’s house to rob and kill him. But it was said that he was “not all there mentally.”
Regardless, if it finds them comfort in knowing that one of their sons wasn’t charged and their other son is alive and they can at least visit him in prison.
I don’t have that luxury. My brother is dead.
Feb. 3, 2014 things could have been completely different. My brother Tony had a gun in his home. One or all of the boys would be dead. The circumstances would have been self-defense. And Tony would be alive to tell his story.
Scott, Carr and Celi, I say to you, good bye, enjoy your stay behind bars, and I’ll see you Glenwood Carr Jr. and Michael Celi in 19 plus years at the parole board, at which time I will plead with them to give you more time because no amount of time will bring back Tony.
Lulia Brown, the victim’s sister
During his sentencing hearing, as the person responsible for the crime of killing Miller during the robbery, Celi, 17, who pleaded guilty Nov. 17 to murder in the second degree, a class A-1 felony, was sentenced to 20 years to life in state prison, indeterminate, with $400 in fines.
As the mastermind of the plot to rob the Granby man, Carr Jr., 17, pleaded guilty on Aug. 10 to murder in the second degree, a class A-1 felony, he was sentenced to 17 1/2 years minimum and maximum life in state prison, indeterminate, with $375 in court fees.
For his part in the robbery, Scott, 20, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to 1st degree burglary, a class B violent felony, and was sentenced to 18 ½ years determinant, with 5 years’ probation and a $400 court and DNA fee.