Oroville transient pleads no contest to throat-slash murder

A 40-year-old Oroville transient pleaded no contest to the killing of an Oroville man at a gas station in June.

Victor Caldera entered his no contest plea Monday morning to the murder of 64-year-old Roger Miller.  Oroville police say Miller was found dead at a gas station on June 1, 2013. Miller bled to death after being cut in his throat by a broken methamphetamine pipe.

Witnesses told police they saw Miller and Caldera fighting before the murder in a transient camp off Feather River Boulevard.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said he hopes "the swift resolution of the case brings some comfort to Mr. Miller's family."

Caldera pleaded no contest to second degree murder, admitted to a prior serious felony and a prior prison term.  He will be sentenced August 20, 2013 and faces 21 years to life in prison.



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