BALTIMORE (WJZ)–It was a vicious crime that grabbed national headlines. A self-proclaimed white supremacist and two teenagers were accused in the severe beating of an elderly black fisherman in Locust Point. For the first time, one of the teenagers speaks exclusively to WJZ.

Derek Valcourt explains that the outcome of his case is quite different from the other defendant.

Emmanuel Miller was just 16 when he and his then 17-year-old friend Zachary Watson were arrested and charged as adults in connection of a brutal beating of James Privott, an elderly black fisherman, in 2009.

Neo-Nazi Calvin Lockner, 28, pled guilty and received a 31-year sentence for his role in the beating.

Valcourt: Did you hit him?

Miller: No, I did not hit that man. Me and my friend Zachary watched. After Calvin beat the man up, he told us get in the car or we was next, and he was gonna beat us. And we just seen what he could do to somebody, so we got in the car.

Valcourt: What do you regret about that night?

Miller: I regret getting in the car, I regret hanging out with a guy like that. Not calling for help. I wish I would have ran for help and just left.  I wish I would have done something to try to help the guy, try to stop the guy from beating the elderly man.

“The juvenile system is completely designed to rehabilitate,” said Steve Silverman, Miller’s attorney. “The adult system is really about punishment.”

Silverman helped get Miller’s case brought into juvenile court.  His rehabilitation has been so impressive that the judge has already released him on probation—a very different story from his best friend Watson.

Though only a few months older, Watson still awaits trial as an adult and could face life in prison.

Valcourt: If you could see the victim Mr. Privott today, what would you say to him?

Miller: I would say I’m sorry for what happened to him, and me and Zachary did not take part in the beating, and we are sincerely sorry. We were scared that night, and we wish we could stop it from happening.

Friends and his probation officer say Miller has been staying out of trouble since his release from prison. He is just a few weeks away from obtaining his GED, and then he says he is considering colleges.

A trial date has not been set for 18-year-old Watson.

Comments (98)
  1. b.a. says:

    Just so most of you know Emmanuel Miller has black family members IE; my son…. so before any of you want to keep accusing him of being racist know the facts yes I am his aunt! you can’t hang out with your cousin one day and be racist the next and the go back to not being either you are or you aren’t… and Emmanuel isn’t he hangs out with my kids on a daily basis and he does not get them into trouble! Do i believe he did it? maybe he did maybe he didn’t I wasn’t there to know only they know what happened that man and the man up stairs so stop accusing people of anyting you don’t know about if he did wrong he will be punished by the man upstairs at judgement day.

    1. willie man hanging says:

      B.A. Please crawl back into your trailer & have another fortified drink of liquor while your boyfriend scratches his nuts & ask’s for head. That is about a capable of an act you are qualified for.

  2. B.A. says:

    Gee thanks considering I probably hold a better job then you do and live in a very well kept house thats is worth more then your row home grow up your just mad because I stool up and have offended you or you have no good come back so all you can say is something that won’t hurt my feelings one bit so blow me!

  3. B.A. says:

    excuse me stood up

  4. Red Lobster says:

    I too would like to know what kind of parent(s) let their minor child run around at that hour with an ex con who has been convicted of almost every violent crime there is and is a registered child sex offender Neo-Nazi? Anyone who can read (his tattoos) can look at him and tell he is a Neo-Nazi. If you were not a racist, would you hang around with a Neo-Nazi? Children that age belong home at that hour and it is a parent’s responsibility to know where their children are and who they are with. The kid (who was old enough to know what running around with an ex con skin head would entail) basically got off with nothing and I do not find him as innocent as he claims to be. I suspect he is the beneficiary of a good lawyer rather than a public defender. I wish someone would hold his parents accountable. If they had been doing their job, their son would never have been in this trouble. I do not find Miller credible at all and I bet he will be in trouble again before long.

    1. danny says:

      you dont know what your talkin bout know he wont be in trouble in his parents do there job so dont never judge a book buy its cover

  5. willie man hanging says:

    Danny, What are you in , third grade?? You have a bright future at Walmart.

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