JOY TIPPING/Managing Editor
The 8th Circuit Court pushed the trial of James Michael Miller, 24, one of three defendants in the Richmond Casey’s General Store robbery in Jan. 31, 2017, to Nov. 27.
The trial at Ray County Courthouse is expected to run for about three days. Miller remains in Ray County Jail in lieu of a $200,000 cash-only bond.
He pleaded not guilty. The two other defendants – Jerry Baxley II and James Randolph Gay – pleaded guilty and have been sentenced. Baxley and Gay admitted to robbing the store at gunpoint, demanding money and cigarettes. The gun discharged, which Gay labeled an accident.
In September, Gay received a total sentence of 23 years in prison on three felony counts. In April, Baxley received a total sentence of 23 years, 90 days on three felony counts and one misdemeanor.
Because first-degree robbery and first-degree assault are “dangerous felonies” under state law, Baxley and Gay must serve at least eight-and-half years – 85 percent of their lengthiest sentence, which in both cases is 10 years – before being considered for parole.