A 37-year-old Chetek man who pleaded guilty to stealing two vehicles in April—and allegedly set fire to one of them—has been sentenced to four years in state prison, four years of extended supervision and three years of probation, according to Barron County Circuit Court records.
Judge James Babler handed down the sentence on Thursday, Sept. 26, to Aaron J. Miller, of Chetek. Babler also ordered that Miller pay $10,901.03 in fines and restitution fees, as well as undergo any treatments recommended by probation, attend a restorative justice program, and undergo an alcohol assessment.
According to court records, Miller stole a car parked outside a Barron tavern on April 9. He later set that car on fire after getting stuck in the mud in a wooded area near Comstock.
He then walked to Comstock and stole an SUV from a local resident.
Keys had been left in both vehicles.
Later, Miller was spotted on security video at a Prairie Farm convenience store/gas station. He drove away from the store without paying for $20 worth of gas.
Miller was arrested on April 11 at a Rice Lake fast-food restaurant.
Barron County Assistant District Attorney John O’Boyle prosecuted the case.