JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man charged with shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend before attempting to commit suicide pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and armed burglary.
Jarod Miller survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was charged with one count each of murder, armed burglary and shooting into an occupied dwelling in the death of 34-year-old UNF student Nicholas Hare.
Miller, 35, was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Lindsey Varner, Miller's ex-girlfriend, told police that Miller continued to contact her after their nine-year relationship ended more than three years ago, and that his attempts increased after he learned she was dating Hare.
Police said that on Aug. 28, Hare (pictured) and Varner were at her home when Miller came over unannounced, shot through the glass of a back door to get into the home and then shot and killed Hare before turning the gun on himself.
Varner fled the home and called police. Miller underwent surgery at UF Health and survived, police said.