Mike Cruz, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/18/2010 07:03:14 PM PDT

Former Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller rejected a plea offer from prosecutors today and may be headed to trial on allegations that he voted to send thousands of city dollars worth of advertising to his wife’s newspaper.

“We had discussed an offer, and that was withdrawn (Tuesday),” said Deputy District Attorney John Goritz, who is prosecuting the case.

The news came during a court appearance Tuesday for Miller in San Bernardino Superior Court.

The offer that Miller rejected called for him to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of conflict of interest, explained Goritz.

Generally, misdemeanors carry a maximum of one year in county jail, but Goritz said a sentence hadn’t been discussed with Miller.

The defendant returns to court July 27 for a pretrial hearing, and a jury trial was set for Aug. 9. A trial readiness hearing was scheduled for Aug. 6.

Miller, who resigned in March from the Grand Terrace City Council, faces a felony count of conflict of interest, according to court records. He is accused of voting to send $18,000 worth of city advertising contracts to a newspaper owned by his wife, Margie, from October 2006 until August 2008.

Voters elected Miller to the council in 2004 and 2008.

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