Quantcast

No sentencing in Rutland sibling burglary spree - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

No sentencing in Rutland sibling burglary spree

Posted: Updated:
Todd Miller Todd Miller
Amanda Miller Amanda Miller
RUTLAND, Vt. -

Victims hoping for justice in the case of the State vs. Todd Miller appeared visibly agitated as Rutland Superior Court Judge Theresa S. DiMauro said there would be no sentence given Tuesday.

The Rutland man faces up to 100 years in jail for multiple counts of felony burglary, but he could serve no time in jail if his defense attorney can persuade the judge to agree to a deferred sentence.

"I don't know what that does with our ability to go forward this morning and hear the state's position," Judge DiMauro said Tuesday.

Miller and his 30-year-old sister Amanda were charged last year with a string of burglaries that police say funded their heroin addiction. At issue at Todd Miller's sentencing was Vermont statute 221. It states that "The court may defer sentencing and place the respondent on probation." That is either if the prosecution and defense agree, or without an agreement if the defendant is 28 years old or younger.

Miller's defense team argued that the language that refers to the age is unclear as to whether that means the time the crime was committed or the time of sentencing. "Given what I see as the ambiguity in the statute, it is why the plea agreement was structured in the way that it was structured so that there was an agreement that the defense could argue for the deferred," said Rutland County Public Defender Mary Kay Lanthier.

Miller was 28 at the time of the burglaries, but is now 29. Police estimate the Millers stole upwards of $12,000 worth of goods from one Church Street house alone. According to court records, the Millers admitted to stealing from at least five homes in different Rutland neighborhoods.

Rutland County State's Attorney Kevin Klemm says this is not a commonly cited statute. "It has not come up before as far as I'm aware," he said.

He says rescheduling the sentencing date was a proper decision. "That additional information was essential for the judge to be able to fairly and appropriately sentence Mr. Miller," Klemm said.

Documents will now be updated by the probation office and the defense and prosecution with the cited statute being considered.

Victims in court Tuesday had no comment. There is no set date for the sentencing and a new date will be scheduled.

Related Story:

Rutland siblings deny burglary charges

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Help Wanted

    Help Wanted

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:47 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:47:47 GMT
    Here's a look at who's hiring this morning.The State of Vermont has a number of jobs open. Through the Health Department in Burlington, they are hiring a clinical Services Director – who will provide oversight for clinical programs within children with special health needs. (CSHN) The Education Agency has several limited service positions open in Barre. There are openings for both a fulltime and part-time education consultant -- as well as a full time education programs coordinator.http://hum...
    Here's a look at who's hiring this morning.The State of Vermont has a number of jobs open. Through the Health Department in Burlington, they are hiring a clinical Services Director – who will provide oversight for clinical programs within children with special health needs. (CSHN) The Education Agency has several limited service positions open in Barre. There are openings for both a fulltime and part-time education consultant -- as well as a full time education programs coordinator.http://hum...
  • Learn how to get your finances in order

    Learn how to get your finances in order

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:43:54 GMT
    Heidi Clute from Clute Wealth Management joins us with financial tips.Phase 1: Where Are You Now?Completing cashflow, networth and liability work sheets can give you a solid understanding of your current financial standing.It's also recommended that you check your credit report (www.annualcreditreport.com) and all insurance coverage annually. Once you've compiled all of these figures, you've completed Phase 1, and should have a solid idea of your financial strengths and weaknesses.Phase 2: Wh...
    Heidi Clute from Clute Wealth Management joins us with financial tips.Phase 1: Where Are You Now?Completing cashflow, networth and liability work sheets can give you a solid understanding of your current financial standing.It's also recommended that you check your credit report (www.annualcreditreport.com) and all insurance coverage annually. Once you've compiled all of these figures, you've completed Phase 1, and should have a solid idea of your financial strengths and weaknesses.Phase 2: Wh...
  • Fire tears through South Burlington condo carport

    Fire tears through South Burlington condo carport

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:03:39 GMT
    South Burlington condo residents were evacuated overnight as fire tore through their garage.
    South Burlington condo residents were evacuated overnight as fire tore through their garage.
  • Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:46:28 GMT
    A tentative agreement has been reached between the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs on how to repair the systemic problems within the veterans' health program that left many without access to care.
    A tentative agreement has been reached between the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs on how to repair the systemic problems within the veterans' health program that left many without access to care.
  • Hail storm and power outages Sunday

    Hail storm and power outages Sunday

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:45:34 GMT
    Courtesy: Justin Soter, North FerrisburghCourtesy: Justin Soter, North Ferrisburgh
    Photos of hail sent in from residents in White River Junction, Williston, and North Ferrisburgh.
    Photos of hail sent in from residents in White River Junction, Williston, and North Ferrisburgh.
  • Ditching the weights and hitting the streets

    Ditching the weights and hitting the streets

    Sunday, July 27 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-07-28 00:43:36 GMT
    More Americans are picking up running as their main form of exercise.
    More Americans are picking up running as their main form of exercise.
  • Searching for savings

    Searching for savings

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:59:31 GMT
    Governor Shumlin called for across the board cuts to budgets after economists downgraded the state's revenue forecast.
    Governor Shumlin called for across the board cuts to budgets after economists downgraded the state's revenue forecast.
  • Sunday Science: Record heat wave, Mars mission woes, and new gardening method

    Sunday Science: Record heat wave, Mars mission woes, and new gardening method

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:40:12 GMT
    In Sunday Science, we're taking a look at some of the headlines from this past week.
    In Sunday Science, we're taking a look at some of the headlines from this past week.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.