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Kidnapping Charges Dropped As Suspect Cooperates In Miller-Jenkins Case

Jim Burroway

October 31st, 2011

The Advocate is reporting that kidnapping charges have been dropped against Mennonite minister Timothy “Timo” Miller, who was arrested last spring and charged with aiding and abetting in the kidnapping of Isabella Miller-Jenkins. Miller, who is not related to Lisa Miller or to Isabella, is reportedly cooperating with the ongoing investigation into the kidnapping:

In the Friday order, U.S. Attorney Tristram J. Coffin dropped the grand jury indictment against Timo Miller in the kidnapping.“In light of Timothy Miller’s role in the international parental [kidnapping], and his agreement to cooperate with the investigation of the United States government, including an agreement to return to the United States and to provide truthful testimony as requested in any proceedings in this matter, further prosecution is not in the interests of the United States at this time,” the order, signed by Coffin and U.S. district judge Christina M. Reiss, read.

Miller’s passport has since been returned. U.S. Attorney Coffin and Miller’s lead attorney, Jeff Conrad, could not be immediately reached for comment. Reached by phone, Jenkins’ attorney, Sarah Star, declined comment.

Miller was arrested in Alexandria, VA, for his role in providing plane tickets and shelter for Lisa Miller, who kidnapped Isabella Miller-Jenkins, now nine years old, as part of a custody fight with her former civil union partner Janet Jenkins. Miller is believed to have fled to Nicaragua shortly before a Vermont court awarded primary custody to Jenkins over Miller’s refusal to cooperate with Jenkins’s visitation rights. An FBI investigation revealed that Miller fled with considerable support from an employee and benefactor of Liberty University and Liberty Counsel, who provided for Miller’s legal defense, and with the encouragement from at least one ex-gay leader in the Lynchburg, Virginia area.

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princess
November 1st, 2011 | LINK

wow amazing…..shows again that God is a God of miracles and he will deliver His children! So happy for Timo and his family!

Timothy (TRiG)
November 1st, 2011 | LINK

If God’s back in the miracle business, maybe he’ll pull his finger out and cure malaria?

TRiG.

SharonB
November 1st, 2011 | LINK

@ princess: you’ve got to be kidding me.
Accessory to a crime turns states evidence in exchange for charges being dropped = miracle?
Unless you are a Poe, that sounds like pretty standard police procedure to me.

Criminals make bargains like that every day with the authorities in order to bring down the bigger fish!

Hopefully they land that sociopath Miller soon!

Regan DuCasse
November 1st, 2011 | LINK

Princess,
looks like your boy Timo is a weasel and COWARD!
And so is the kidnapper he was helping.
God has nothing to do with liars and cowards, and cruel people who abet taking children away from their parents like Janet Jenkins.

He took a plea to save his own ass! Saw THAT coming from miles away.

Timothy Kincaid
November 1st, 2011 | LINK

Princess,

I too am happy for Timo and his family. There is something liberating about discovering that your cult martyr status is based on fraud and selfishness and in finding the courage to do the right thing.

My guess is that Timo was conned into believing that Janet Jenkins was a villain and Lisa Miller was being persecuted for her faith. And I suspect that when he was confronted with the facts, he recognized what the judges have known: Lisa is either incredibly selfish or a tool of Liberty Counsel (I’m guessing a bit of both).

Yes he was stupid to think that because people claiming to be religious told him something that it must be true. But it looks like he’s come to his senses. So I’m happy for him.

Ezam
November 1st, 2011 | LINK

I’m all for releasing him as long as the main criminal (Lisa) is caught.

Diego
November 1st, 2011 | LINK

The courts have been extremely soft on everyone involved in this case.

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