Platte County, MO Judge Imposes Double Life Terms In Murders of Sisters

Apr 23, 2013

A Platte County judge sentenced Clifford Miller to two consecutive life terms for the murders of Britney Haarup and Ashley Key.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

A 32-year-old  Kansas City Northland area man will serve two consecutive life sentences  after pleading guilty Tuesday in the killings of two sisters  in Platte County.

The killer admitted murdering the pair while high on methamphetamine.

If for some reason Clifford Miller ever walks free on one conviction, his life term will be reinforced by the second sentence.

Miller admitted to killing 19-year-old Britny Haarup at her Edgerton home last July, and  22-year-old Ashley Key who was staying there. 

Prosecution evidence  said Miller’s sexual advances were thwarted by Key who  awoke and resisted the attacker.  

The murders happened  as Haarup’s  5-month-old and 18-month-old were close by. 

The women's bodies were dumped along a rural road.  

Haarup’s father told the court that Britney’s family is devastated and  cannot imagine  having to tell her children what happened to their mother and aunt.