Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

April 21, 2014

Grand jury indicts Miller on new charge

EFFINGHAM — An Effingham County grand jury indicted an Altamont man last week on drug-induced homicide charges stemming from the heroin overdose death of an Effingham woman earlier this year.

The grand jury indicted Jay C. Miller, 23, on one count of drug-induced homicide in connection with the February overdose death of Jessica James, 29. Miller could receive up to 30 years in prison for supplying James with the dose of heroin that caused her death.

But the grand jury used its discretion to deny a request from State's Attorney Bryan Kibler to impose a mandatory prison sentence of 15 years on Miller due to the weight of the drugs involved.  Instead, the grand jury indicted Miller on the new charge on the condition that he would be eligible for a minimum sentence of six years.

"It's still nonprobationable," Kibler said, adding the jury thought a 15-year minimum was "harsh" for the charge. "It's just now whether it's a mandatory minimum of six or a mandatory minimum of 15."

Miller faces a pre-trial hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with jury selection still set for 8:30 a.m. May 5. The latter date is not likely to stick, however, because of the new charge being filed.

Miller was already in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond on an earlier charge of possession of a controlled substance.

The grand jury also indicted four people arrested on methamphetamine charges in Shumway earlier this month.

Cody L. Laue, 20, of Beecher City, Tara L. Devoe, 18, of Shumway, Stacey M. Beccue, 38, of Altamont, and Nathaniel S. Sparks, 23, of Beecher City, were all arraigned on felony methamphetamine charges after material was seized from a Shumway residence.

Laue was indicted this week on charges of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, Class X felonies Devoe faces an indictment for participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, also a Class X felony.

Text Only
Local News
  • 8-22 prairie chicken.jpg Saving the prairie chicken: Coordinator goes out on limb for bird

    After one year of work, Bob Gillespie, a natural resources coordinator with the Illinois Natural History Survey, said the efforts to reintroduce the highly endangered prairie chicken back to Illinois is just beginning.

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hot spots • Country Cookin, Austin Kirk Benefit — 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Pla-More Danceland, Pana. $7 admission. 217-823-5535 or 618-283-1314.• KYLNTYME — 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Pla-More Danceland, Pana. $5 admission. 217-823-5535 or 61

    August 22, 2014

  • 8-22 sports complex pic 1 A win for sports complex After months of planning and fundraising, Effingham Park District officials finally solidified plans for the Richard E. Workman Sports Complex.The path to having a sports complex in Effingham actually began decades ago, but it was October of last yea

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 8-22 White White Doris White of Effingham will celebrate her 90th birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 27.Mrs. White was born Aug. 27, 1924, the daughter of Charles and E. Gertrude Leturno. She married Harold E. White on May 16, 1946.She has three children, Connie (William “B

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ham City Jam Ham City Jam will kick off Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Effingham Skate Park.Free skate will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with competition beginning at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $10.

    August 22, 2014

  • Giesler Giesler Ruby Giesler of rural Shumway will celebrate her 90th birthday Monday, Aug. 25.Mrs. Giesler was born Aug. 25, 1924, southwest of Montrose, the daughter of Edwin and Cora (Hetzer) Miller. She married Harold W. Giesler on June 30, 1951.She has three ch

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prayer Vigil for Life celebrated at St. Mary's St. Mary’s parish, Shumway, hosted the August Prayer Vigil for Life. The Rev. Ron Hilt celebrated the Mass, assisted by Donna Davis, Lector; Thomas Davis, Altar Sewer; Irene Koester, Pianist. Prior to Mass, Mrs. Jack Koester led all present in prayin

    August 22, 2014

  • 8-22 Stewardson Stewardson Lions Club Homecoming The 58th Annual Stewardson Lions Club Homecoming is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23.Stage entertainment tonight will feature Tress and the Mixers from 6 to 8 p.m. and Trouble & Company from 8 to 10 p.m.Tress and the Mixers was forme

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church Briefs Centenary UMCCentenary United Methodist Church, Effingham, will host the following activities:• Saturday, Aug. 23: Eagle’s Wings Quartet in concert, 5:45 p.m.• Sunday, Aug. 24: Lavender Ridge Worship, 2 p.m.• Monday, Aug. 25: Quilters, 9 a.m.• Tuesda

    August 22, 2014

  • Shumway Firefighters BASH SHUMWAY—The 3rd Annual Shumway Firefighters BASH hosted by the Shumway Volunteer Firefighters is set for Saturday, Aug. 23, at Lake Sara Pearson Building, 15170 N. Beach Road.Food will be provided at 4 p.m. and will last until is runs out. Carry-outs

    August 22, 2014

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.