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Cloverdale man convicted of killing sister's boyfriend

A Sonoma County man was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday for gunning down his sister's boyfriend last year in the couple's Alexander Valley home.

Jurors rejected arguments that Jarrod Miller, 30, was acting in self defense and suffering mental illness when he shot Timothy Neuer, 29, as Mandy Miller watched in horror.

The ex-Marine, who was also found guilty of residential burglary and firearm enhancements, showed no reaction as the verdict was read. He now faces a maximum 50 years to life plus 16 years in prison at his April 27 sentencing.

Shooting At Home On Alexander Valley Road In Healdsburg


"Justice was served," said District Attorney Jill Ravitch, who tried the case alongside deputy prosecutor Scott Jamar. "The jury did an excellent job."

The victim's family and the seven-woman, six-man jury left without making any comment.

The verdict followed two days of deliberation in a trial that opened Feb. 10.

Witnesses described Miller as a troubled man who grew up on the Russian River and drifted around after being kicked out of the Marines in his early 20s.

After spending several years in Las Vegas, Miller returned to the area in 2010 and became financially dependent on his sister, who let him live with her and Neuer.

But the couple tired of Miller, described by witnesses as a "mooch," and asked him to move to another home they rented in Cloverdale.

Miller became angry and began planning Neuer's "execution," prosecutors said. He rented a car, drove to Nevada and bought a handgun at a sporting goods store.

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