Participation in Murder of 19-Year-Old Football Star in Pittstown Confirmed by Jury

Participation in Murder of 19-Year-Old Football Star in Pittstown Confirmed by Jury

In a tragic turn of events, a Rensselaer County jury has found 26-year-old Carlos Lewis guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree burglary in the killing of 19-year-old Nathaniel Miller. Miller, a former football standout, was discovered shot to death in his Pittstown home on June 9, 2021, according to State Police.

Prosecutors allege that Lewis, along with accomplices Devin Van Patten and Kyle Hutchinson, targeted Miller in a drug-related home invasion.

The verdict, delivered on February 23, signifies the severity of the crime committed and the impact on the victim’s family and community. Lewis now faces a potential sentence of up to 25 years to life in prison, highlighting the legal consequences of his role in the murder.

Van Patten, having pleaded guilty to burglary in August 2023, is expected to receive a 20-year prison sentence. Meanwhile, Hutchinson, found guilty of both murder and burglary, has been sentenced to 25 years to life behind bars.

Nathaniel Miller’s promising life came to a devastating end, leaving the community in shock and mourning. A graduate of Hoosick Falls Central School, Miller was renowned for his football skills, earning him recognition as a Section II all-star. His obituary serves as a poignant reminder of the potential extinguished by this senseless act of violence.

The repercussions of Miller’s tragic death extend beyond the courtroom, impacting the tight-knit Pittstown community. The loss of a young talent has left a void that the community must now grapple with, coming together to heal and address broader issues surrounding drug-related violence.

As the legal process unfolds, the guilty verdict against Carlos Lewis provides a measure of closure for Nathaniel Miller’s family and the community. However, it also serves as a somber reminder of the devastating impact of drug-related crimes on individuals, families, and communities.

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The Pittstown community faces the challenging task of rebuilding and finding solace in the memory of a young man whose life was cut short far too soon.

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