Former trooper accused of breaking into home, assaulting homeowner pleads not-guilty

By HILARY LANE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The former New York State Trooper accused of drunkenly breaking into a south Utica home and assaulting the homeowner pleaded "not guilty" in Oneida County Court on Wednesday to several charges, including criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and assault.

Jesse Miller is accused of kicking in the front door of a home on Beverly Place in January and beginning a fight with the homeowner, whose family had just moved into the home days earlier. Miller's attorney said he was intoxicated at the time and thought the home was his own.

Miller is now out on bail and an order of protection has been granted for the homeowner.

"Mr. Miller has paid a heavy price so far, not in the criminal court, but with his occupation as a result of this incident," said Les Lewis, Miller's attorney. "He no longer is with the New York State troopers because of this and I hope the resolution in this case is a fair and equitable one dependent on what happened."

Miller has resigned from his job as a New York State Trooper.

Miller is scheduled to return to Oneida County Court on May 23.

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