Jacob C. Miller

Jacob Miller (center) with his attorney Rick Boling (left) and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Maggie Gigandet. Miller entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Christian Circuit Court to charges of to facilitation to first-degree robbery, theft by unlawful taking of a firearm and possession of a handgun by a minor.

A plea agreement was reached Tuesday in Christian Circuit Court against the son of a Christian County Sheriff’s captain accused of stealing his father’s gun that was later used in a robbery.

Jacob C. Miller, 17, pleaded guilty to facilitation to first-degree robbery, theft by unlawful taking of a firearm and possession of a handgun by a minor. The recommendation in the plea agreement is a 10-year sentence for the charges.

Miller, the son of Cpt. Chris Miller of the Christian County Sheriff’s office, was charged as a youthful offender due to the seriousness of the accusations against him.

According to a Christian County sheriff’s report, Chris Miller’s service weapon was stolen from his home. His son, Jacob Miller, was accused of stealing the gun and it was used during a Nov. 21 robbery of another teenager. Jacob Miller allegedly admitted to his involvement during an interview with the sheriff’s department. The weapon has not been recovered.

Miller was originally charged with first-degree robbery, which was amended to facilitation to first-degree robbery. None of the other charges were amended.

According to Kentucky law, “a person is guilty of criminal facilitation when, acting with knowledge that another person is committing or intends to commit a crime, he engages in conduct which knowingly provides such person with means or opportunity for the commission of the crime and which in fact aids such person to commit the crime.”

Judge John Atkins explained facilitation to first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking of a firearm are Class D felonies that carry a maximum five-year sentence each. Possession of a handgun by a minor is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 12 months.

Miller received the maximum possible sentence for each of his charges. The two felony charges are to be served consecutively, for a total of 10 years. The misdemeanor charge will be served concurrently with the felony charges. Kentucky law requires misdemeanor convictions to be served at the same time as felony charges, giving a prosecutor or judge no discretion.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Maggie Gigandet said the prosecution was opposed to probation for Miller. The plea agreement will also require Miller to testify in future cases of his co-defendants and pay restitution. The commonwealth is currently pursuing a connected first-degree robbery charge against Tijuan Jackson, 18. Jackson was indicted March 18.

Miller will remain in custody at McCracken Regional Detention Center in Paducah. Atkins noted he had received good reports about Miller’s conduct at the facility and that he was expected to maintain that behavior.

Miller will return to court again June 6 when Atkins will hand down his final sentence. If Atkins sticks with the plea agreement, as is typical, Miller would be able to see a parole board after serving 20 percent of his time due to his charges being considered nonviolent.

REACH MELISSA PETTITT at 270-887-3226 or mpettitt@kentuckynewera.com.

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