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Alton Woman charged with aiding jail escapee son

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Ella Marie Miller, 59, of Alton was charged in Howell County Circuit Court with aiding the escape of an inmate being held on felony charges, a Class B felony.

Represented by West Plains attorney Jacob Garrett, Miller is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in West Plains on Feb. 17.

Court records show that Miller did not help her son, Lloyd Miller, a jail trustee, when he walked away from the Howell County Jail in West Plains on Dec. 22, 2011, but helped him to elude capture over the next 23 days.

According to Howell County reports, Howell County Lt. Mike Coldiron and a U.S. marshal followed Ella Miller as she drove around West Plains, and on to Springfield where she and unidentified woman, Lloyd Miller's girlfriend, allegedly met with Lloyd Miller at a motel.

Lloyd Miller, 33, was being held on felony charges of forgery, burglary, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance. In November 2011, he pleaded guilty to two forgery charges and was due to be sentenced Jan. 9.

Lloyd Miller was arrested at a Springfield motel on Jan. 13 and is being held on $250,000 bond. He is represented by West Plains attorney Sarah Bernard and has a counsel status hearing set for Feb. 6.

Ella Miller told authorities she picked up Lloyd Miller on a gravel road near the Highway 17 and 160 junction two days after his escape. She allegedly took him to a cabin until Dec. 26, 2011, and then to a Hardy, Ark., motel and later to Springfield.

Ella Miller posted $15,000 bond. She has no previous criminal record in Missouri.

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