Career burglar, sentenced to 371 years in prison since 1991, adds 7 more to his total

Walter Miller | CPD

A career burglar was sentenced to a combined 371 years in prison between 1991 and 2018 is adding another seven years to his impressive total.

Walter Miller, age 63, has pleaded guilty (again) to posing as a city worker to burglarize a man’s home on the North Side in December 2018 — six months after he got out of prison for another set of burglaries and home invasion.

The victim identified Miller as one of the burglars who pretended to be a city employee to enter his home. The burglary came during a time when police were repeatedly warning residents about conmen who were posing as Chicago workers or contractors to access homes.

Typically, one offender occupies the victim in conversation while the other goes to another area of the home to collect valuables.

Cook County Judge Diana Kenworthy, who oversaw the case, sentenced him to seven years with 747 days credit for time served. Illinois Department of Corrections records do not currently list his anticipated parole date. He was also ordered to pay the victim $1,000 restitution.

Miller is no stranger to the world of burglary and home invasion, according to court records.

Six months before the burglary he just pleaded guilty to, Miller was paroled after serving ten years for a home invasion and five burglaries. Court records show he had been sentenced in July 2008 to six 20-year terms, but he served them concurrently and with a 50% good behavior “discount.” So, instead of 120 years in prison, he was freed after ten.

Just seven years earlier, Miller was sentenced to thirteen terms of 12-1/2 years each for burglaries. Those were also served concurrently. So, instead of serving 162.5 years, he was released after six years behind bars.

Back in 1991, Miller was sentenced to five terms of 15 years each for burglaries. Once again, his sentences were served concurrently, so he was in prison for about eight years instead of 75.

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