11:11 AM PDT on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Former Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller pleaded guilty this morning to a misdemeanor charge stemming from payments he voted to approve to his wife’s weekly newspaper.

Miller pleaded guilty to having a financial interest by a state or local official in a government contract. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a felony conflict of interest charge, which could have included prison time.

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Bryan Foster sentenced Miller to two years probation but agreed to reduce that to one year if Miller submits proof that he paid restitution to the city.

Miller also drew a $170 fine with penalties and fees increasing that to $305.

Outside the courtroom, defense attorney Jim Reiss said that Miller already has paid the $17,812.42 in restitution.

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