Jerry Mills is convicted of sex crimes Tuesday

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By Shane Farley
March 5, 2013 - 8:00:10 pm

Jerry W. Mills was found guilty of four sex-related crimes in a hastily arranged court appearance Tuesday morning.

Mills, 51, accepted a plea agreement that had been offered quite some time ago, Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith said. Family of the victims had previously given their consent to the agreement.

Smith said this morning he heard from Millsí attorney and quickly scheduled the appearance. Mills was to make a previously-scheduled appearance in court on Wednesday, but that is no longer necessary.

He signed the agreement and was subsequently found guilty of a count each of rape, aggravated indecent liberties, criminal sodomy and lewd and lascivious behavior.

Sentencing is set for 2:30 p.m. April 11 in the Ark City courtroom of Judge Jim Pringle.

Mills is a first time offender and faces a minimum of 12 years in prison. Smith said he expects a sentence to be somewhere in the range of 25 years.

Mills was arrested in January 2012 and accused of sex crimes involving young female members of his family. Some of the victims offered testimony in a preliminary hearing last April.

In exchange for the plea, numerous other sex-crime charges were dropped.

Mills remains in the Cowley County Jail and has been there since his arrest last year.

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