Mayoral candidate previously charged with shooting-related assault

Amelia Holliday Staff Reporter aholliday@civitasmedia.com

February 28, 2014

HAZARD—One of three candidates running for mayor of the City of Hazard in 2014 may have a few more skeletons in the closet than the average public office hopeful.

Jamie Miller, who filed to run for City of Hazard mayor on Jan. 28, was arrested and charged as James Grant Miller in April 2006 with first-degree assault after shooting his ex-wife three times during a domestic altercation.

According to documents obtained from the Perry County Courthouse, officers with the Hazard Police Department responded to 760 Daniel Boone Parkway just before 9 p.m. on April 13, after receiving a call from Miller that he had shot his ex-wife in self defense.

Miller’s ex-wife, Alicia Lococo, told officers she had a firearm in her pocket at the time the altercation began, according to the arrest citation. She and Miller struggled and she was thrown to the ground.

“Above (Miller) obtained firearm and shot victim several times. Above (Miller) stated victim shot at him with same weapon originally,” Officer James East wrote in the arrest citation.

According to the Child Abuse, Adult Abuse, and Domestic Abuse Standard Report, Lococo was shot in the wrist, shoulder, and breast.

Miller was arrested and held on a $100,000 cash bond, though was released on house arrest by the end of April.

Miller told the Herald on Friday that he regretted that the incident had ever occured.

“This was a tragic event that I wished had never happened. It’s even more tragic that my daughter has to live with it,” he said. “I always maintained my innocents (sic) and was tried in our court system where I was found ‘not guilty.’ I have put that event behind me, and went on with my life. I hope the folks in Hazard understands this, and will elect me mayor of Hazard. I am ready to work!”