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Illinois carjacker kills woman by zip-tying her throat, leaves note saying it was his ‘only choice’: police

An Illinois man allegedly left an apology note in a vehicle he stole claiming he was “deeply sorry for hurting anyone” after killing a woman by zip-tying her throat.

Reese Miller, 24, was caught on Aug. 30 driving a blue Toyota Scion belonging to Ma L. Operio, 61, about three hours after she was found with a zip-tie around her neck that obstructed her breathing, the Harwood Heights Police Department said.

Operio died from her injuries four days later, FOX 32 reported.

Police recovered a knife and an apology note in the vehicle in which Miller said he was “deeply sorry for hurting anyone at the moment, it seemed to be the only choice.”

Miller was read his Miranda Rights and provided a statement confessing to the crimes. He is being held with bail in the Cook County Jail with a court date set for Sept. 22.

His public defender told PEOPLE Magazine that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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