Prison for get-away driver

Miller helped brother rob a bank

By Melanie Yingst -



MIAMI COUNTY — Horrendous.

That is how Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeannine Pratt described Jeremy Miller’s previous court record before sentencing him to serve four years in prison for his role in the Dec. 4 Abbey Credit Union robbery in Troy.

Miller, 32, of Huber Heights, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of third-degree felony robbery and fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property by a bill of information last month. Miller was sentenced to serve 36 months for the robbery charge and 12 months for the receiving stolen property charge. The sentences will run consecutively.

After rattling off Miller’s prior records which included five previous terms in prison and numerous probation sessions, Judge Pratt said, “Mr. Miller, your record is horrendous” and said his counsel did an outstanding job on his behalf or he would have faced a longer sentence.

Prior to sentencing, Miller’s attorney Jeremy Tomb stated his client cooperated with Troy Police Department detectives in the case. Miller did not make a statement on his own behalf.

Miami County assistant prosecutor Paul Watkins stated Miller’s assistance during the bank robbery was reprehensible and requested the court follow the joint recommendation.

Miller was given 166 days of jail time credit. A restitution hearing will be set at a later date to determine how much he owes the bank.

Miller’s half-brother Justin Higbee allegedly robbed the bank on Wayne Street on Dec. 4. Higbee entered a plea of guilty for first-degree felony robbery last month. He will be sentenced on Thursday.

Miller assisted by driving the getaway car from the scene. Higbee allegedly entered the credit union on Friday and handed a note to a teller indicating he was armed and demanded money.

Higbee was arrested during a drug trafficking stop in Butler Township at the Red Roof Inn on Miller Lane. Miller also was arrested in the 7300 block of Colegrove Drive in Huber Heights on an unrelated charge.

The Troy Police Department also issued a search warrant at the Red Roof Inn on Miller Lane and recovered several thousand dollars of the stolen money.

Terrel’s final pre-trial and jury trial dates set

Miami County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee set Richard Terrel’s final pretrial conference for June 27. A four-day jury trial date was reserved to begin on July 12, according to court records.

On May 12, Judge Gee denied Terrel’s request to suppress statements made during a six-hour interview with law enforcement on June 3, 2015 before he was arrested and charged with the murder of William York, 88, of Tipp City. He was indicted on charges of fifth-degree felony abuse of a corpse, third-degree felony tampering with evidence, and second-degree felonious assault in connection with the case.

On April 25, Terrel’s girlfriend Hope Earnshaw-York entered a plea of no contest to felony charges in connection with the murder of her grandfather William York Sr.

Earnshaw-York was found guilty of felony abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. She also pleaded no contest to three counts of receiving stolen property regarding several guns that were stolen from her grandfather prior to his death.

Earnshaw-York could face up to nine years in prison and will be sentenced June 7.

Earnshaw-York and Terrel, were indicted in July on the felony charges connected to York Sr.’s death and disappearance last May.

The couple lived with York in his Tipp City home. York, 88, was reported missing from his home on May 30. His body was found on June 3 in a park in Union, Ky. Officials ruled York’s cause of death as blunt force trauma to the back of the head.

Miller helped brother rob a bank

By Melanie Yingst