Man accused of trespassing at Va. Beach school found guilty

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Joseph Andrew Miller

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The man accused of running into a Virginia Beach elementary school in May — and causing a scare in the process — will see some jail time.

Joseph Miller was found guilty Wednesday on charges of disturbing the peace and trespassing.

Police were called to Thalia Elementary School in late-May after a stranger had gone onto the school’s campus. The school was placed on lockdown until officers arrived on scene.

Officers detained Miller, who was unarmed and in the school’s gym at the time. Miller later said in court he did not mean to go inside the school, claiming he had been dropped off there to get help.

School officials said they did not believe Miller was there to harm any of the students.

On Wednesday, Miller was sentenced to serve 100 days in jail as well as 4 years probation. He must also pay fines of $246 for disturbing the peace and $150 for trespassing.

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