Teen sentenced to 9 years in armed robbery of Cleveland priest

CLEVELAND-- One of the teens involved in the attack on a Cleveland priest was sentenced to prison time Thursday afternoon.

Jaylen Miller

Jaylen Miller, 17, pleaded guilty to felonious assault, aggravated robbery and receiving stolen property. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose sentenced him to nine years in prison.

Father John Kumse was collecting eggs from the chicken coop outside of St. Mary's Church on East 155th Street on Dec. 11, 2017. He said he noticed the teens hiding in the bushes.

Prosecutors said Miller and Amin Walker Jr., 17, demanded the victim's belongings and chased him before firing three shots. Kumse fell and was injured while the teens fled in a van, which was stolen from a group home.

"I was scared, I was scared to death. And I think you were probably scared too. Holding a gun and shooting at someone may have given you a sense of bravado at that time, that you were proving your manhood. But guns do not make you a man, responsibility makes a man," Father Kumse said.

"How quickly those feelings of being the man melt away in the face of consequences of your actions and you find yourself nothing more than just a scared teenager."

Terrance Kimbrough, 16, who was the driver, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Kenitra Robinson, 19, was given probation and community service in connection with the case.

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