A Shelby County man is facing up to 14 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of two counts of aggravated battery to two correctional institution employees. Shelby County State’s Attorney Nichole Kroncke announced that a Shelby County Jury returned two guilty verdicts against Jon R. Miller for aggravated battery to two correctional institution employees which resulted in bodily harm. The jury deliberated for only 15 minutes before returning with a unanimous verdict.
The incident occurred on August 3rd, 2021 when Miller was an inmate in the Shelby County Jail. According to States Attorney Kroncke, he became angry when two correctional officers, one male, and one female, attempted to relocate him to a different cell. He refused entry into the jail cell, as he tried to block the door with his leg, and struck and kicked officers.
During the attack, the male officer's glasses were knocked from his face and broken, his nose was bloodied, he received a cut lip that required stitches, and suffered a brain bleed. The female officer was struck in the head and face. Miller then punched the female officer that knocked her backward and onto the floor. Miller was ultimately subdued and restrained when other deputies and personnel responded.
Both injured officers received hospital care. The male officer was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield for treatment. Both officers were unable to immediately return to work due to their injuries.
Miller’s bond was set at $200,000 and it was revoked after the jury returned with their verdict. Miller remains in the custody of the Shelby County Jail until his sentencing hearing on March 21st, 2022. Miller faces potentially probation to three to fourteen years in prison.