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Man Pleads Guilty in Courthouse RampageTim King Salem-news.com
The man who was nicknamed the Courthouse Plunger after a daylong siege of the Marion County courthouse has pled guilty to a long list of charges that include attempted murder and several counts of arson.
(SALEM) - The man who took over the Marion County courthouse on November 12th, 2005 pled guilty to the series of crimes today in court. The rampage of Christpher Millis amounts to one of the costliest crimes in Marion County's history. Law enforcement officers from all over western Oregon joined Marion County deputies and Salem police officers as they eventually brought an end to the ordeal with no loss of life.
That day started out bright and early for Millis, when he set fire to several cars in the Keizer City Police parking lot. An unsuspecting police officer just arriving for her morning shift caught Millis in the act, and he brandished a gun and fired at her.
That's when the chase began, and in the course of it Millis fired at homes, leaving damage but no victims. He lost the pursuing officers and made his way to downtown Salem where he switched his car for a full-size pick-up truck.
Millis went out in a hail of bullets, defiant police say, to the last moment possible.
Christopher Millis pleaded guilty to Attempted Murder, Burglary in the First Degree; seven counts of First Degree Arson, and four counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
The judge hearing the case was Lane County Circuit Judge Lyle C. Verlure. It was decided early on that the damage Millis caused in Marion County would require a change of venue for the proceedings.
The next step for Millis is sentencing, that takes place at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, August 30th at the Lane County Courthouse.
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