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DA: Convicted Mendocino County man dies of old age in jail

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A Mendocino County man convicted in 2019 of opening fire on his neighbors in Anchor Bay died this month of natural causes while in state prison, prosecutors said Friday.

Harry William Miller died on April 6 at the age of 75, according to the Mendocino County Prosecutor’s Office. It was not immediately clear where he was in custody at the time of his death.

Miller was convicted of attempted murder in June 2019 after pleading guilty to assault and attempted voluntary manslaughter stemming from a dispute on March 26, 2018.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Miller got into an argument with his neighbor, Paul Palestrini, over repairs to their shared driveway.

In March 2018, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported that Miller shot Palestrini in the torso before Palestrini struck Miller’s head and neck with a shovel.

Palestrini’s wife took him to Redwood Coast Medical Services in Gualala and he was later airlifted to a hospital in Santa Rosa.

“Paul Palestrini succumbed to his injuries on the operating table, but was revived by experienced surgeons and operating room staff,” the prosecutor’s office wrote in a Facebook post.

Miller was also treated for injuries sustained during the dispute. He was arrested about three days after the shooting.

Following his conviction, a judge sentenced Miller to 142 months in prison in August 2019.

Miller’s wife, Susan Miller, was accused of filming the shooting and a jury convicted her of accessory after the fact in April 2019, prosecutors said.

She was sentenced to probation in 2019 and served 300 days in jail.

“She is no longer on probation and her whereabouts and status are unknown, except that she no longer resides on the South Coast of Mendocino,” the District Attorney’s Office wrote in the Facebook post.

You can reach staff writer Colin Atagi at [email protected]. On Twitter @colin_atagi