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Welcome man faces felony count

FAIRMONT — A Welcome man is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Nicholas Jamal Miller, 20, has been charged with knowingly failing to fulfill registration requirements for a predatory offender. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On Ju.y 28, a Fairmont police officer was in Welcome attempting to locate a witness to interview her regarding a criminal case.

While approaching a mobile home that the officer believed to be the residence of the witness, he was met by a man who confirmed the witness lived there but who said she was not at home. When asked what his name was, the man identified himself as Miller and told the officer he had been living with the witness for just over a month.

The officer had dispatch run Miller’s name and was advised there was a felony arrest warrant out of Blue Earth County for Miller for felony simple robbery. The officer was also told that Miller had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to register/change his address as a predatory offender. The officer advised a Sherburn/Welcome police officer that Miller was a possible offender for failing to register.

Another Sherburn/Welcome officer began to look into the violation, and spoke to a man who said Miller had been living with him since mid to late April. The officer then went to the Martin County jail and interviewed Miller.

When asked how long he had been living in Welcome, Miller said he came down to Welcome from Mankato around late April. He said he was aware he needed to register when he moved, but he did not plan on living in Welcome. He said he came to the area with some friends who left him there and he could not find a ride back to Mankato.

The officer told Miller that even if he did not plan to stay there, after a few weeks he should have known he had to register his change of address. Miller said that it was not high on his priority list.

As a predatory offender, Miller is required to register with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension his address and any change of address, and to give notice of change of address at least five days before he starts living at a new primary address. Miller’s registered address with the Bureau is Mankato.

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