Cold case turns hot after suspect sentenced to 16 years for robbery

A suspect of a cold case robbery learned his sentence Thursday in Elkhart County Circuit Court.

The crime happened almost exactly five years ago, on Nov. 12, 2008. According to the Elkhart Truth, two men whoed up at a home in the 13,000 block of C.R. 34, knocked on the door and pointed a gun at the homeowner.

The man holding the gun apparently touched the victim’s throat with the gun and demanded money.

The case remained cold until a man named Richard Miller contacted the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Dept. with information. He told officials that his sons, Jesse and Devon Miller were responsible.

Devon died in an accident in 2011 but had already confessed to the victims.

Thursday, 25-year-old Jesse was sentenced to 16 years for robbery with a deadly weapon. Miller entered a plea of guilty and told the judge he had personally apologized to the victims.

In an attempt to point out mitigating circumstances, Miller noted that it was his brother, not him, who pointed the gun at the Amish victims.

The prosecution explained Miller’s criminal history warranted an enhanced sentence. Miller has had two juvenile cases, nine misdemeanors, five violations of probation, four instances of failing to appear in court, and three felonies.

Elkhart County Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker handed Miller an enhanced sentence of 16 years, a $7,000 fine and 50 hours of community service.

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