Cuyahoga County

Jaylen Miller Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Collinwood Priest



CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley announced that Jaylen Miller, 17, was sentenced to 9 years in prison for the armed robbery of Father John Kumse behind St. Mary’s Church.

“Father Kumse is an icon of the Collinwood neighborhood. He has dedicated much of his life to serving that neighborhood and its residents,” said Prosecutor O’Malley. “Miller will now be held accountable for his violent criminal behavior.”

On the evening of December 11, 2017, Father Kumse was outside of the church when he noticed a suspicious Dodge Caravan in the parking lot.  As he was walking back inside, he was approached by Miller and Amin Walker, another co-defendant, who pointed guns at him and demanded his belongings.  

As Father Kumse ran away, the two teens chased after him and Miller fired two shots. The victim fell and suffered injuries. Miller fired a third shot toward the victim on the ground. The teens then ran back to the Dodge Caravan, which was stolen from a group home, and fled the scene.

Investigation by Cleveland Police led to the arrests of four juveniles involved – Jaylen Miller, Terrance Kimbrough, Kenitra Robinson, and Amin Walker (whose case is still pending).

Miller’s case was bound over by juvenile court and indicted by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.

Miller pled to Felonious Assault with Firearm Specifications, Aggravated Robbery with Firearm Specifications, and Receiving Stolen Property. He was sentenced today to 9 years in prison.