Tribune-Courier News Reporter
Cheyney Miller, 55, from Douglas, Wyo., was sentenced in Marshall County Circuit Court yesterday to 10 years in a Kentucky state penitentiary for promoting sex performance by a minor under 16 years of age, second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor in a sex offense. The first charge is a class B felony and the other two are class D felonies.
Representing Miller in court was public defender James Burkeen, who disagreed with his client’s decision to accept a plea agreement that lessened his sentence, but removed the option for an appeal and probation.
Circuit Court Judge Dennis Foust sentenced Miller to 10 years for the first charge and five for the second two charges, which were to run concurrent to the first for a total of 10 years served.
“Normally, I would advise him that he does have the right to appeal, but because he accepted the minimum sentence offered by the Commonwealth after the trial he indicated that he would waive those rights and at this time (the plea agreement) says he will be remanded to the department of corrections,” Foust said.
In addition to being placed on the sex offender registry, Foust ordered a sample of blood taken by the department of corrections for DNA law enforcement identification purposes and identification databases.
Miller was found guilty last year of contacting a local 14-year-old female via a social networking site and engaging in an online sexual relationship with her. He sent and received sexually explicit pictures and texts to the victim and continued contact with her even after being advised of her age by the victim’s father.