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Man sentenced for lying to investigators in Miller case

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A Charles City man believed to be one of the last to see 5-year-old Evelyn Miller alive was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to one year and one day in prison.

Danny Slick, 27, pleaded guilty in November to giving investigators false statements during interviews days after the girl disappeared from her Floyd apartment on July 1, 2005. Miller's body was found five days later along the banks of the Cedar River. The case remains unsolved.

Slick faced a maximum of five years in prison. A second count of making false statements was dismissed Wednesday as a condition of his plea agreement.

U.S. District Judge Mark W. Bennett said federal sentencing laws require that offenders sentenced to 12 months are required to serve 100 percent of their sentences. Anything longer than a year allows inmates to earn 15 percent off their sentence for good behavior.

Slick, wearing an orange Woodbury County Jail jumpsuit, declined to speak before the sentencing. His attorney, Leslie Stokke, of Cedar Rapids, said Slick had "misplaced loyalties" at the time he lied to investigators, but had cleaned up his life and reconnected with his family while awaiting sentencing.

"Getting out of a drug environment has had a profound impact on Mr. Slick," said Stokke, who participated in the hearing via teleconference from the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids.

The judge also waived a $250,000 fine and said he would recommend to the federal Bureau of Prisons that Slick be placed in a halfway house near his home. Slick could receive credit for the time he has spent in jail since his August arrest.

Under the deal, Slick admitted to lies alleged in the indictment's second count, involving statements Slick gave about his whereabouts and that of his former roommate, Randy Patrie, the night Miller disappeared.

Initially, Slick said he and Patrie visited the apartment to see Casey Fredericksen, the live-in boyfriend of the girl's mother, Noel.

Slick said he and Patrie left Miller's apartment and returned to their home in Charles City at about 2:30 a.m, but that Patrie left for about 15 minutes, allegedly to buy drugs at the home of someone named "Porky."

In the indictment, authorities say Slick altered details of his initial story during a second interview. In court documents, Slick said he did not see Patrie again for several hours after Patrie left their home, and that he misled agents when he denied knowing Porky's real name and where he lived.

Investigators have said little on whether Slick's legal case has any significant bearing on the ongoing investigation into Miller's slaying. A judge sealed most of the details of Slick's 13-page plea deal.

Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

AP-CS-02-22-07 0104EST

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