A notorious Outlaws Motorcycle Club member convicted for the brutal 1993 slayings of a Richmond couple was denied in another effort for compassionate release from prison, according to a federal court ruling.
Randall E. Miller, 62, is serving two life sentences plus two 240-month sentences for the murders of Morris Gauger, 74, and Ruth Gauger, 70, and a long list of other racketeering charges he was convicted of in 2000.
In his pleas for release, Miller cited multiple health issues and the threat of COVID-19, for which he was not vaccinated. He also was denied a request for compassionate release in 2020, according to last month’s federal court filing.
Miller, known as “Madman” when he was an active member in the Outlaws group, was convicted in the Gauger homicides with another Outlaws member, James W. Schneider, who is known as “Preacher.” Schneider pleaded guilty to the homicides and testified against 16 other Outlaws charged in the racketeering case.
However, it was the couple’s son, Gary Gauger, now 70, who initially was convicted for their murders and sentenced to death. After an informant told police Schneider and Miller killed the Gaugers, the ball began rolling toward Gary Gauger’s release and exoneration, but it was not immediate. Prosecutors stood by their case that Gary Gauger was involved in his parents’ deaths, according to reports at the time and Gauger.
In 1994, Gauger’s sentence was reduced to life in prison, and in 1996, he was released from Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, where he spent nine months on death row. Former Gov. George Ryan granted Gauger a pardon based on innocence in 2002.
In addition to convictions for the bludgeoning and slashing deaths of the Gauger couple – dairy farmers who ran a motorcycle parts business on their property – Miller was convicted of 34 racketeering acts. Those convictions were tied to additional murders, attempted murders and conspiracies to commit murder of rival biker gangs, specifically Hell’s Angels and Hell’s Henchmen.
He also was convicted of robbery and assault of rival bikers and associates, cocaine and hydrocodone trafficking, and dealing in counterfeit U.S. currency, according to the opinion.
During sentencing in October 2000, Chief U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller called Miller’s and the other Outlaws’ crimes “barbaric” and said the crimes they committed “cry out” for a sentence stricter than what was available, which was life in prison.
“How is it that each of you became so disconnected from the mainstream of society, including your families?” the judge said. “I don’t know how you could go home or participate in a family event knowing some of the things that you and your fellow Outlaw club members were doing on a repeated basis.”
Miller, who currently is housed at the Federal Medical Center Rochester in Minnesota, has multiple chronic, terminal ailments, including heart problems and lung disease, that require him to be on oxygen. He suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, for which he receives a steroid and a chemotherapy treatment. He had two amputations of his right leg, is confined to a wheelchair and cannot feed himself or care for his own hygiene.
Because of his ailments and the medications he is on, doctors recommended he not be vaccinated for COVID-19, making him vulnerable to contracting the disease, according to federal court filings.
“Physically, [Miller] is a shell of the person who committed these awful and violent crimes decades ago,” according to the filing.
Miller asserted that he is a changed man, is remorseful and has found God. He volunteers to help with hospice patients and no longer poses a threat to anyone, according to the filing. If released, he would live with a niece in New Jersey who would care for him.
In denying Miller’s motion, Stadtmueller, the same judge who sentenced him to prison for life, wrote that Miller “was among the most violent of the Outlaw members.” He also wrote that Miller was receiving “adequate care in prison.”
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