When Jacob Elijah Miller walked into a Bibb County jail courtroom Tuesday, it wasn’t his first time standing in front of a judge.
Arrested in Atlanta on Monday, the 19-year-old Miller is charged in the Dec. 22 shooting of Macon Papa John’s pizza delivery driver Duncan Siror and the Dec. 26 shooting of Siror’s co-worker, Brooklyn Rouse.
Miller pleaded guilty last March to inciting a riot at the Macon Regional Youth Detention Center and violating the state’s gang act, Bibb County Superior Court records show.
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In 2015, Miller refused to get a haircut and kicked and pushed a corrections officer at the Riggins Mill Road facility, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office report.
Multiple corrections officers held the then-17-year-old Miller down while his hair was cut.
Authorities alleged that Miller said he was a leader of the Bloods street gang and that he tried to get other Bloods members to join in a riot.
A judge sentenced Miller as a first offender to 10 years, three of them in prison, but he suspended the prison stint on the condition that Miller successfully complete the rest of his punishment. He also was ordered to serve 180 days in a probation detention center.
Because Miller was sentenced as a first offender, he could be resentenced to the maximum sentence on the riot and gang charges — more than 30 years — if he’s found guilty of violating the terms of his sentence.
Sentenced as a first offender on riot and gang charges, Miller could be resentenced to the maximum sentence for the offenses, more than 30 years, if he’s found guilty of violating the terms of his sentence.
Miller attended Tuesday’s court hearing without a retained lawyer at his side. He is charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the Rouse case and armed robbery and aggravated assault in Siror’s shooting.
The judge didn’t set a bond.
Miller requested a commitment hearing, a time when investigators must describe the allegations against a person to help a judge determine whether there’s enough probable cause for an arrest. The hearing is set for Feb. 28.
Authorities identified Miller in late December as the main suspect in the wounding of Rouse, who was shot on Vivian Drive.
Rouse was critically wounded in the head, but she is expected to make a full recovery.
She is undergoing therapy at a rehabilitation facility outside Macon.
Siror was shot in the shoulder and robbed while he was delivering a pizza on Bloomfield Drive.
When Bibb County deputies were looking for Miller, they made sure the public knew about his tattoos. At that time he had an upside-down cross tattooed between his eyebrows and teardrops under each eye.
As the weeks dragged on, Miller eluded arrest and apparently had a makeover.
When members of the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force found him on Monday, he didn’t look quite the same.
Instead of being clean shaven, he had a slight mustache and goatee.
The hair has grown out on his shaved head, and his old tattoos have been enhanced.
The cross was covered up by a crown, and the teardrop under his right eye is now a star, according to the mug shot taken Monday.
Writer Laura Corley contributed to this report.