GOSHEN — A man has been formally charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon at the Elkhart Circuit Court in a case where victims and witnesses came forward with information four years after the incident.
Jesse A. Miller, 25, of Goshen, appeared for his initial hearing Thursday, May 16. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the charge. Miller was appointed an attorney from the public defender’s office.
According to the probable cause affidavit for his case, deputies from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department were called in the early morning of Nov. 12, 2008, to the 13000 block of C.R. 34 on reports of a robbery.
A resident of the house said he was sleeping when he heard a knock on the door. When he opened the door he saw two men. One was holding a shotgun pointed at him. The touched the victim’s throat with the weapon while asking for money, according to the affidavit.
The resident of the house told the suspect he only had a small amount of money in his wallet, which the armed man told him to hand over.
During the investigation, deputies found that the cords to the community phone had been severed. Community phones are commonly used by the Amish.
The case became inactive after detectives exhausted all leads, until January of 2013, when a man named Richard Miller contacted the Sheriff’s Department saying he had information about the robbery.
During an interview with detectives, Richard Miller said his sons Jesse and Devon Miller had committed the robbery. His family knew the victims because they had cared for his sons.
Richard Miller told police Devon Miller was advised by his pastor to confess and apologize to the victims. Deputies then contacted the victims, who confirmed that Devon Miller confessed to them and apologized. However, they said they did want to proceed with criminal prosecution.
Devon Miller died in an accident in 2011, but he did confess to the victims that his brother Jesse and he had committed the robbery.
Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker requested a bond report for Jesse Miller and scheduled a trial date for Oct. 24.