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Terroristic Threat Sends Dime Box Man to Jail

District Court Sentences Another for DWI - Subsequent


Justin Riggins-Miller Justin Riggins-Miller The Honorable Reva Towslee- Corbett presided over the 21st Judicial District Court of Lee County on March 8, sentencing two people, one, an 18 year old Dime Box man for threatening students and a bus driver in the Dime Box Independent School District.

Justin Kejuante Riggins-Miller, 18 of Dime Box, was given five years probation for pointing what turned out to be a BB gun at students. On January 26, 2012, at 7:42 a.m., Lee County Sheriff Rodney Meyer, along with Chief Deputy Nathan Lapham, and Deputies Jeremiah Rudolph and Lee Liles, responded to Dime Box High School regarding a terroristic threat reported by a bus driver to Principal B. Fowler.

The bus driver reported, while on his route picking up student riders, a male student was walking in the front yard of a residence, holding what the driver described as an assault rifle. According to the bus driver, the student appeared to be aiming the rifle in the direction of a young student walking toward the bus.

The bus driver waited for the young student to board his bus, then began to back the bus up for the safety of his riders. The bus driver noticed, while backing the bus, the student aiming the rifle in the direction of the back end of the school bus. The bus driver, and students on board, took the threat serious. Some of the students began hiding in their seats, as the driver quickly drove away and notified Principal Fowler of the incident.

Lee County Deputies arrived, located and identified the suspect as Miller, who was transported to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, where he was later charged, arrested and booked into the Lee County Jail for Terroristic Threat.

Deputies were able to locate the weapon, which was found to be a black BB rifle resembling an AR-15 assault rifle. Even though this incident involved a BB rifle, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation as if the weapon was an actual assault rifle, taking this threat extremely serious.

In Wednesday’s sentencing, Miller was ordered to pay a $750 fine, $304 in court costs, $400 for his court appointed attorney, a $ 50 Bluebonnet Area Crime Stopper fee, a $34 DNA testing fee and ordered to perform 100 hours of community restitution. The Judge also ordered Miller to successfully complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment program, as well as an anger management program. As a condition of his probation, Judge Towslee-Corbett also ruled that Miller must spend 60 days confinement in the Lee County Law Enforcement Center.

Judge Towslee-Corbett also sentenced Bryan Kent Harms, 54 of Elgin, to ten years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated ten years, for driving while intoxicated – subsequent. He was ordered to pay a $2,250 fine plus a total of $963 in fees and court costs. He too was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service restitution and successfully complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment program, as well as a DWI intervention program, and a victim impact panel program. An interlock device will be installed in any vehicle Harms drives and, as a condition of his probation, Judge Towslee-Corbett also ruled that Miller must spend ten days confinement in the Lee County Law Enforcement Center.

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