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KS Supreme Court denies appeal for Miller
Hinz sentences upheld
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LaVeta D. Miller - photo by Photos courtesy Kansas Department of Corrections

The Kansas Supreme Court has denied LaVeta Miller’s request for a review of her convictions for stealing money earmarked for Honor Flights for U.S. veterans. The Court has also denied a review of Calvin Jackson Hinz’s sentences, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor announced Wednesday.
Miller and Hinz have each completed prison sentences imposed by a Barton County District Court judge.

A jury convicted Miller, 61, in March of 2015 on two counts of theft by deception. She was ordered to serve 25 months of confinement in a Kansas prison and was ordered to pay over $100,000 in restitution. She was discharged on April 1 when her sentence expired.
The Kansas Court of Appeals denied her appeal of both the convictions and the sentence last August. She then asked the Kansas Supreme Court to hear her appeal, and that request was denied with Wednesday’s order, Mellor stated.

At the same time, the Court also denied review of sentences imposed against Hinz in the Barton County District Court in January of 2015.
After being convicted in two separate cases, Hinz was sentenced to a total of 33 months imprisonment for theft and possession of methamphetamine charges. Hinz, however, appealed the sentences, arguing that he should have been allowed to withdraw his pleas to the charges since they “were not in his best interest.” The trial court denied his request, and the Kansas Court of Appeals upheld that decision.
Hinz, 33, was discharged on Jan. 1.
Wednesday’s action by the Kansas Supreme Court upholds both Hinz’ convictions and the sentence.

Amy Mellor and Douglas Matthews prosecuted the cases for the Barton County Attorney’s Office.