Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
OCDA TO OPPOSE PAROLE OF INMATE WHO KIDNAPPED AND MURDERED TWO YOUNG BOYS
*Both victims were sexually assaulted by the inmate’s co-defendant, serial “Freeway Killer”
SANTA ANA – Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas is opposing the parole of a man convicted of kidnapping and murdering two young boys, ages 12 and 14, in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Both victims were also sodomized by the inmate’s co-defendant. Gregory Matthew Miley, 50, is currently being held at California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran, CA. Miley was sentenced Nov. 22, 1983, for the Orange County first degree murder conviction to 25 years to life in state prison, to be served consecutive to his sentence for the Los Angeles County conviction for first degree murder. Former Deputy District Attorney Jay Moseley originally prosecuted the Orange County case. Miley is scheduled for a parole hearing tomorrow, Nov. 30, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. at the prison before the Board of Parole Hearings, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations.
Orange County Deputy District Attorney Matt Lockhart will appear at the hearing to oppose Miley’s parole.
Kidnap, Sexual Assault, and Murder of Two Boys in Orange and Los Angeles Counties
In the early morning of Feb. 3, 1980, then-18-year-old Miley and serial killer William Bonin, also known as the “Freeway Killer,” were driving Bonin’s van in West Hollywood and picked up 14-year-old Charles Miranda by the Starwood Ballroom. They drove several blocks, parked, and then Bonin sodomized Miranda. Miley attempted to sodomize Miranda but was unable to sustain an erection. Bonin and Miley tied Miranda’s hands and feet together. Bonin grabbed Miranda’s shirt, put it around the victim’s neck, and began twisting the shirt to suffocate him. Miley took hold of the shirt while Bonin picked up an iron bar, wrapped it in the shirt and twisted it until the victim suffocated to death. Bonin and Miley drove to an alley in downtown Los Angeles and dumped the victim’s body. They fled the scene and drove to Huntington Beach.
Later that morning, Bonin and Miley spotted 12-year-old James McCabe walking down the street and pulled up to him in the van to engage him in conversation. The victim told the defendants he was on his way to Disneyland. Miley and Bonin then lured him into the van. While Miley drove the van, Bonin sexually assaulted McCabe. Once the van was parked, Bonin and Miley murdered McCabe by holding him down and twisting a shirt around the victim’s neck until he suffocated to death. They drove to the City of Walnut and dumped the victim’s body in a dumpster.
On Aug. 22, 1980, Miley admitted to his participation in the sexual assaults and murders of the two victims in a recorded phone conversation with a friend. Miley was arrested while living in Houston, Texas.
Bonin was prosecuted for and convicted of 14 murders. He was sentenced to the death penalty and was executed Feb. 23, 1996, by lethal injection.