Despite a confession to the victims and his family that he and his brother Devon had invaded the home of an Amish couple and robbed them at the point of a gun in 2008, Jesse Miller did not turn himself in to police. But after waiting some time after those confessions, a relative did.
On Thursday Miller, 25, received a 16-year prison sentence, with four of those years suspended. Miller had entered a guilty plea as part of a plea agreement earlier.
Miller’s brother Devon was killed in an accident in 2011 after the brothers made their confessions.
Before sentencing Miller, Shewmaker ran through a list of his previous crimes, which include five felony convictions and nine misdemeanor convictions, four failures to appear in court and nine probation violations.
“All show your failures,” Shemaker told Miller.
Asked by Shewmaker before he pronounced sentence what he thought should be considered in his favor, Miller said, “I had a job when I was arrested... I felt I was on my way up.”
He also told Shewmaker he was, “Sorry for what I have done.”
Kayla J. Losee, 19, Nappanee, received a new handbag, some sandals and a few other trinkets from her friends last spring. On Thursday, she also received something else, a six-year prison term for taking part in an armed robbery with those friends.
Losee was sentenced for her role in a holdup at the Neighborhood Convenience Store, 1712 Oakland Ave., on June 15 in Elkhart.
Police said other participants were Joshua L. Bagwell, Justin M. Kearney and Andrew M. Ormanovich. They are now all serving prison sentences for the robbery.
“They bought me a purse and some sandals and some other things,” Losee told the court in what she received from the proceeds of the robbery.
Her case was scheduled to go to trial Monday.