‘Lake Boyz’ suspect remains in jail after NFL brother pays bond

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Jari McMiller

FORT MYERS, Fla.  An accused “Lake Boyz” gang member will remain in jail after a judge denied a bond payment made by his brother on Friday, 20th Judicial Circuit spokeswoman Sara Miles said.

Sammy Watkins, a former South Fort Myers High School standout and wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills, paid for 24-year-old Jari McMiller’s $1 million bond earlier this month with his NFL earnings, the News-Press reported.

A Nebbia hearing was held May 9 to determine whether the money came from a legal source. Although Watkins was unable to appear in court, a signed affidavit and copy of the check was provided.

McMiller was one of 21 suspects arrested on January 23 as part of a Fort Myers Police Department sting. He is facing two racketeering charges.

It is unclear why exactly the judge denied Watkins’ payment.

McMiller is due in court on June 6.



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