Man who shot UNF student pleads guilty, gets 40 years in prison

Nick Blank

Jarod Miller. Photo courtesy of JSO
Jarod Miller. Photo courtesy of JSO

A man charged with killing a UNF student in a home invasion will serve a minimum of 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and armed burglary.

Jarod Miller broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home (Lindsey Varner) and shot Nicholas Hare in August 2015. Police said Miller drove from Pensacola to Jacksonville to confront his ex-girlfriend. Miller and Varner dated for almost a decade before she ended the relationship in 2012, police said.

Miller forcibly entered his ex-girlfriend’s home, shot Hare in the bedroom, then attempted suicide. Miller’s ex-girlfriend was able to flee the home. He was in critical condition, but recovered. Police found duct tape and tie straps at the scene, which Miller bought at Walmart 45 minutes prior.

Hare was a 34-year-old civil engineering major from Jacksonville. He was given a posthumous degree by the university in May.

Read Spinnaker’s full investigation into Nicholas Hare’s death here.

Spinnaker Investigates: The murder of Nicholas Hare

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