Commonwealth v. James Thomas Miller; 35 Year Sentence for Murder of Ex-Girlfriend

Monday, July 22, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that James Thomas Miller, 47 years old, who previously resided in the 900 block of Barberton Court in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for First Degree Murder.  Judge Shockley sentenced Miller to 35 years in prison, with three years post release supervision.


Miller pled guilty on April 22, 2013.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that at around 4 a.m. on August 6, 2012, Irene Teague and her boyfriend returned to their Barberton Court home after work.  Ms. Teague’s ex-boyfriend, James Thomas Miller, was sitting outside at his neighboring apartment, drinking.  Ms. Teague and Miller began to argue outside on the sidewalk, and Miller told Ms. Teague to wait right there because he “had something for her.”  Miller went into his apartment and got a pair of shears.  He punched Ms. Teague, kicked her, and then stabbed her multiple times with the shears.  Police and paramedics responded, and Ms. Teague was pronounced dead.  Her cause of death was stab wounds to the neck with blunt force head injuries contributing.


After the attack, Miller ran from the scene, throwing the shears over a nearby bridge.  The police tracked and chased Miller through the help of a K-9 unit.  Eventually the K-9 caught Miller on 16th Street, and he was apprehended by police.  In interviews with homicide detectives, he admitted to kicking and stabbing Ms. Teague. 


Miller has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1979, including convictions for Armed Robbery, Forgery (3 counts), Burglary, Petit Larceny, Disorderly Conduct, Obstruction of Justice (2 counts), Assault, False ID to Law Enforcement, Larceny from the Person (3 counts), Contempt of Court (2 counts), as well as numerous traffic violations and probation violations. 

The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Julie L. Fink.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​