A Vine Grove teen charged in 2019 with murdering his young brother at the family’s home was re-sentenced as an adult to 20 years in prison Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

Kyle Miller, 18, was charged with murder after choking his 7-year-old brother, Karsen Lee Miller, to death at the family’s home June 20, 2019. Karsen was a student at North Park Elementary School in Radcliff, who enjoyed playing soccer, basketball and wearing bow ties, according to his obituary.

Kyle Miller was 15 at the time of his brother’s death.

Commonwealth Attorney Shane Young said Kyle Miller had been sentenced to 20 years in prison as a juvenile and his appearance before Circuit Court Judge John Simcoe Tuesday was a re-sentencing where Simcoe, for instance, could have granted probation.

Instead, he upheld the 20-year sentence, despite pleas for probation from his attorney.

Kyle Miller turned 18 on Sept. 19.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and in 2019 Sheriff John Ward said the death clearly was not an accident.

Karsen was transported to then-Hardin Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead before 1 p.m. on June 20.

Kyle Miller had been held at Woodsbend Youth Development Center in West Liberty and has been at the Hardin County Detention Center since Oct. 7.

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