Man seeks to reopen appeal

A man who was convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a shortened firearm more than a decade ago is seeking to reopen his appeal.

Prosecutors alleged that Shawn Miller and others accosted Hamilton Dean, the manager of the Jet Wash laundry on Bernard Road, at the establishment on May 28, 2008.

According to the evidence, Dean was making preparations to close shop when Miller and another man held him up at gunpoint and ordered him into a car.

The men drove to the Esso gas station on Fox Hill Road, where they switched cars. They ordered Dean to direct them to the home of Jet Wash owner, Audley Dean.

He complied and the men went to the home in eastern New Providence. When they arrived, Andrew Dean came outside to greet his uncle, the court heard, and the men pulled a gun on him and robbed the entire Dean family after they entered the house.

Miller helped police recover the stolen property, the court heard.

Miller was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to concurrent sentences of 25 years for armed robbery, six years for kidnapping and 17 months on the firearm charge. His appeal was upheld in 2017.

Miller is seeking to reopen the appeal on the basis that his co-accused, Jamal Miller, who was tried years later, was acquitted.

Prosecutor Vernal Collie requested an adjournment to locate Jamal Miller’s file to determine the outcome of his case.

Geoffrey Farquharson represents Miller.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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