A man who had been accused of taking a $1,100 saw could now face prison time after he was found guilty by a jury in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Hillsboro on Friday, Nov. 15.
It took the jury only two hours of deliberation before convicting Lawrence C. Miller, Jr., 36, of Fairview Heights, of felony retail theft for taking a $1,100 Stiehl concrete saw that had been on display at Rural King in Litchfield on July 23, 2018, without paying full retail value of the item.
In a trial that began on Thursday, Nov. 14, the case was prosecuted by Montgomery County State's Attorney Bryant Hitchings and Assistant State's Attorney Wes Poggenpohl. Miller was represented by Montgomery County Public Defender Erin Mattson.
A sentencing hearing has been set for 1 p.m. Jan. 3 in front of Judge Doug Jarman. The charge contains a sentencing range from probation or conditional discharge to a possible 2-10 years in prison.