Pottstown man sentenced to 25 to 50 years for shooting, killing roommate

Jim Melwert
September 19, 2019 - 5:25 pm
Darryl McMillian

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Pottstown man will spend at least 25 years in state prison after pleading guilty to killing his roommate.

Darryl McMillian, 37, admitted he killed his roommate, 41-year-old James Madison, in April. 

As part of a plea agreement, he was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison — 20 to 40 for the murder, and another 5 to 10 because he had previously been convicted of a felony and was not allowed to have a gun.

McMillian got home around 1 a.m. on April 16 and started to argue with Madison about money. Then, it turned physical. Madison tried to get away by locking himself in the bathroom.

"The bathroom door was heavily damaged and when the officers arrived, they found a PVC pipe of some sort had been laid across it, which was consistent with the information we had received from a witness that the defendant was the primary aggressor," said prosecutor Richard Bradbury.

Police were nearby when they heard the shot, and they responded almost immediately. They found Madison in the bathroom with a gunshot wound to his abdomen but couldn’t save him.

McMillian hid the gun behind a ceiling tile and told police he came home and found Madison injured, but he later confessed to the murder.

Madison’s mother testified that as her firstborn, he had to get a job early in life to help raise and provide for his siblings. She said his death has destroyed the family, and nearly destroyed her.