Joseph J. Miller
Joseph Miller, 43, of North Platte, was sentenced Monday to the state penitentiary on two drug charges. Miller was given 1-3 years for distribution of marijuana and a consecutive sentence of 2-6 years for distribution of cocaine.
In all, he faces 3-9 years in prison, although he received credit for 322 days that he has already spent in the Lincoln County Jail.
Miller was arrested in October for failure to appear and violating the terms of his release from prison.
He and Patricia Carson were also arrested by the Nebraska State Patrol in February 2010 at the Cedar Lodge in North Platte on drug warrants for selling marijuana and cocaine to an undercover operative in March and April 2009.
According to NSP Lt. Williams, the pair had drugs and paraphernalia on them when they were picked up at the Cedar Lodge.
Carson had only a small amount of pot, prosecutors said, but Miller had a considerable quantity plus a long history.
Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick recommended a long sentence for Miller.
“Mr. Miller has been to the pen at least three times before,” Roberts-Connick said. “He was on a conditional release for drug charges. He left treatment early, went and took his pregnant wife out of treatment too, fled to Iowa and was on the run for two years.”
Miller was convicted April 22 in district court.
Carson was sentenced April 23 to the 28 days she’d already served in the county jail, and she was released.