Crime & Courts

Emporia man sentenced for mistreatment of his mother

An Emporia man was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison for mistreatment of his mother, who was 93 years old at the time.

Rick Miller, 60, and his wife, Dalene Miller, bought a house, farm and truck while nursing home and other expenses went unpaid, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release.

After being convicted by a jury last month, he was sentenced to 98 months in prison and fined $200,000 by Lyon County District Court Judge W. Lee Fowler for mistreatment of a dependent adult and conspiring to mistreat a dependent adult, Schmidt said.

Dalene Miller was found guilty of the same charges in August and was sentenced in September to more than seven years in prison.

The charges stemmed from the Millers’ actions in 2011 and 2012. Dalene Miller had power of attorney for her mother-in-law and served as her trustee.

Rick Miller’s mother died at the age of 95 in 2013.

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