Osceola man sentenced to 11 yrs. for stealing copper wiring

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OSCEOLA, Ind.--- An Osceola man learned his sentence today after being convicted of stealing at least a $1 million worth of copper wire from the RV plant he worked for.

Jeffery P. Miller, 46, admitted to stealing wire from Heartland RV and plead guilty to the federal crimes of interstate transportation of stolen goods and money laundering, according to our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.

Miller used the money to feed an addiction to gambling and methamphetamines.

“I want to apologize to the community, my family and friends,” Miller told a U.S. District Judge. “What I did was wrong, and I need to be held accountable. I put myself in this position.”

He had asked for leniency from the recommended sentence of 11 years, saying he could better repay the debt to the company, and be a better parent to his two children if he was free.

The judge agreed with the recommended sentencing; however, and sentenced Miller to 11 years in prison. He also was ordered to pay $1,086,000 in restitution to Heartland RV.