Beshear: Estill County Man Given Six Years for Theft, Persistent Felon Charges

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Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced the sentencing of a 30-year-old Estill County man to six years in prison on a theft by deception of $5,000 or more charge and a second-degree persistent felony offender charge. Michael D. Miller, of Irvine, was sentenced May 25 by Estill Circuit Judge Michael Dean.

Beshear said Miller used his victim’s credit card to buy thousands of dollars of merchandise for himself rather than purchase items agreed upon between him and the victim for a house-remodeling project.

In December 2017, an Estill County grand jury indicted Miller, who made the personal purchases between March and May of 2017.

The case was investigated by Beshear’s Department of Criminal Investigations.

Miller was charged with three felony convictions on theft, burglary and forgery in 2016, according to Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions. He received prison sentences of five years and two years for those crimes, but was released on shock probation.

Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions prosecuted the current case against Miller. The office directly prosecutes criminal cases as lead prosecutor where the office has primary jurisdiction, when a local prosecutor has a conflict or when prosecutors need assistance in particularly complex or sensitive cases.

“Our office worked several months to investigate and prosecute this individual who deceived his victim,” Beshear said. “He’s now off the streets and in prison where he will be unable to con anyone else.”

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