Medic guilty of beating up patient

By: KUSA Email
By: KUSA Email

Denver - A former paramedic who beat up a patient he was supposed to be helping through a medical crisis is going to prison.

A jury Tuesday found Alan Miller guilty of second-degree assault and false reporting in the attack.

According to court documents first obtained by 9Wants to Know, Miller responded to a call at the home of Tim Smith in southwest Denver on Jan. 3. Smith had suffered a seizure.

When the ambulance arrived at Denver Health Medical Center, Smith's skull was fractured and his nose and eye socket were broken. Smith's wife said he didn't have those injuries when he left their house.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence from another paramedic who was on the call that night. She told investigators Miller overreacted to Smith's struggling against his restraints. She said she witnessed Miller repeatedly punch the patient in the head and stomach.

Miller no longer works for Denver Health.

He could get up to 16 years in prison when he's sentenced in November.

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