Lansdowne Infant Fatality Case to End in Plea

There will not be a jury trial in the case against the driver charged with killing a Lansdowne infant who was being pushed through a crosswalk in a stroller last year. There may not be a trial at all.

Earlier this month, a Loudoun Circuit Court judge approved prosecutors’ request to drop an involuntary manslaughter charge against the driver, John Miller. Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman said that while investigators initially believed Miller was distracted by his phone when he struck and killed 5-month-old Tristan Schulz, forensic studies turned up no evidence to support that theory.

Miller still faces charges of reckless driving and failure to yield to pedestrians—both misdemeanors.

A 10-day jury trial was scheduled to start Oct. 10, but Miller’s attorneys this week removed that from the docket and indicated he will enter pleas to the remaining charges.

The reckless driving charge carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail and a fine of $2,500. A failure to yield conviction would result in a fine between $100 and $500.

Plowman said there is no plea agreement in place. That would leave it to the judge to set the penalties.

4 thoughts on “Lansdowne Infant Fatality Case to End in Plea

  • 2017-09-29 at 9:12 am
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    why isnt this person being charged with manslaughter? it was basically a hit and run. he offered no help or assistance after he literally ran over two people, killing an infant. instead of even calling 911 for help, he called his attorney. i use my cell phone a lot and i only have one. this man had two cell phones and claims he rarely uses them. what a crock of s##t.

    • 2017-09-29 at 7:28 pm
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      I could not agree more. The judge who made this decision should be run off the bench. I could drink a 6 pack of beer behind the wheel on an empty country road, get pulled by police, and face more consequences than this driver who KILLED A CHILD.

  • 2017-09-29 at 7:24 pm
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    This is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING, and the circuit court judge in this case should be ashamed of himself. Here we have a guy who murdered a child with his car, injured the child’s mother, fled the scene, and then called his attorney. And the only thing this guy is facing are charges of reckless driving and failure to yield!?! ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?! What a bunch of spineless cowards there in Loudon county.

  • 2017-10-08 at 4:19 am
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    Brought to by leaders like Randy Minchew and Debbie Rose, leading from behind. We expect the next vehicle slaughter to be in Broad Run Farms. The school board and Debbie Rose figure it is a good thing to condense school bus stops in the farms. The problem is Broad Run Farms is much the same as western Loudoun. No sidewalks on either side of the street. Streets have no dividing line down the middle and yet Rose expects children to wait for the bus on the roadside. There are no paths just a ditch for rain by the side of the road. Answer me this, the overhead managers have increased in number, the budget has increased and we have 1/3 the service is that supposed to be better or safer? Debbie Rose has always been suspect as a school board member which will be amplified when a child is injured or killed in Broad Run Farms.

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