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Inwood man sentenced for trying to hire hit man to kill teenage employee he assaulted

Daniel Miller leaves the Nassau County Court in

Daniel Miller leaves the Nassau County Court in Mineola on Friday, May 2, 2014. Credit: Howard Schnapp

An Inwood man who admitted to drugging and sexually assaulting a teen employee of his religious supplies store before trying to hire a hit man to kill him got a 9-year prison sentence Tuesday.

Daniel Miller, 48, previously pleaded guilty in Nassau County Court to charges including committing a criminal sex act, conspiracy, kidnapping and grand larceny.

After his arrest, Miller asked a relative to use a voodoo doll in a ritual meant to give the 17-year-old victim cancer, according to authorities. But the Santeria shop owner then concocted a murder-for-hire plot to try to keep the victim from testifying against him in the sex abuse case, prosecutors said.

Miller pleaded guilty in April to giving the youngster a drugged drink in 2012 on the teen's first day of work at the Inwood shop, before assaulting him and later plotting his death.

Assistant District Attorney D.J. Rosenbaum read a statement from the victim in court Tuesday in which he described feeling vulnerable and being haunted by the rape.

The victim, now 21, wrote that Miller "took advantage of a kid who just wanted to work," and that he hopes the defendant "rots in hell."

"He took everything from me," the victim's statement said. "I have an anger I can't get rid of."

State Supreme Court Justice Angelo Delligatti said he believed the sentence was a just penalty, although he knew there was nothing he could do to assuage the victim's feelings.

Authorities said police learned of the murder plot from a confidential source who told detectives that at first, a relative of Miller's asked him to visit Miller in jail. They said Miller offered the man -- whom they didn't publicly identify -- $15,000 to arrange the slaying by making it look like a cellphone robbery.

Authorities said Miller told the man that his mother worked as a high school secretary and stole the intended target's records. Prosecutors said Miller's family provided the records to the source to identify the victim.

Miller's mother, Mary, and sister, Ann, pleaded guilty in 2013 to helping Miller in the conspiracy scheme, authorities said.

Miller's sentence Tuesday also included unrelated charges connected to his admissions about netting more than $200,000 in bogus check schemes, prosecutors said.

Defense attorney William Shanahan of Mineola declined to comment after court Tuesday.

Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement that three bureaus of her office prosecuted Miller for crimes in this case that would put him behind bars for years and require him to register as a sex offender.

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