A day after he withdrew his guilty plea in the Dystiny Myers murder case, Cody Lane Miller of Fresno entered another one Tuesday -- this time for a longer prison term.
In a second day of surprise developments, Miller, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced moments later to life without the possibility of parole. Afterward, his attorney said Miller felt his previous plea deal -- a guilty plea in exchange for a term of 39 years and four months to life in prison -- was too easy.
"He believes that he does not deserve forgiveness," attorney Gael Mueller said.
Miller and four others were charged in the Sept. 26, 2010 murder of Myers, 15.
The plea occurred during a break in the trial of Rhonda Maye Wisto and her son, Frank Jacob York, who are on trial for Myers' murder. After Miller entered his plea, Myers' mother and grandmother were allowed to make statements. Reading from a Bible scripture, Aileen Myers, the victim's mother, said she does not forgive Miller.