MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The Virginia pastor convicted in a Vermont federal court of helping a woman and her child flee the country rather than share custody of the child with her former lesbian partner says the case should be dismissed because it had no connection to Vermont.
Kenneth Miller is making the argument in papers filed with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. Oral arguments are Jan. 27.
Prosecutors counter trying the case in Vermont was appropriate because the crime didn't begin until Lisa Miller and her daughter left the country in 2009.
Kenneth Miller, of Stuarts Draft, Va., was convicted in 2012 of aiding in international parental kidnapping. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison, but the sentenced was delayed pending appeal.
The Millers are not related.