A Mennonite pastor convicted of helping a former Vermont woman flee the country rather than share custody of her child with her former same-sex partner has been ordered to prison.
On Monday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued a mandate upholding the 2012 conviction of Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Virginia, for his role in helping Lisa Miller flee the country in 2009 with her daughter Isabella. The Millers are not related.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions ordered Kenneth Miller to surrender to prison on March 1 to begin serving a 27-month prison sentence that had been delayed pending Miller’s appeal.
Lisa Miller and Isabella fled the country rather than share custody with her former Vermont civil union partner Janet Jenkins.
Isabella’s whereabouts remain unknown. Lisa Miller is unrelated to Kenneth Miller.
RELATED: On the same day in 2012 that Kenneth Miller was found guilty of abetting the kidnapping of Isabella to Nicaragua, lesbian mom Janet Jenkins filed a RICO lawsuit against many of the parties suspected of conspiring in the crime, including Liberty University, the parent of the vile anti-gay hate group Liberty Counsel, whose president Mat Staver is specifically named in the suit. In July 2015 the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s ruling that Liberty University’s liability insurance policy covers such lawsuits.