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Stephen Mills back in court for botched installations

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In court Tuesday, court proceedings revealed work still isn't done to repair all the generators and HVAC units reportedly improperly installed by Stephen Mills.

Mills was ordered to repair installations at homes across the region after a state agency claimed some of the generators could cause electrocutions or explosions.

A judge Tuesday said he wished he could put Stephen Mills in jail, for problems Mills caused across the region. But, the charges Mils faces don't qualify for jail time. It's been a tough wait for David Crump, one of the alleged victims, who says he is out thousands of dollars.

"It's kind of like, we're the ones all out of pocket," said Crump. "He's not hurting. He came on in there just a jolly old man."

Tuesday, Mills pled guilty to four more charges, promising to pay four more families for shoddy installations. He has six months to make the payments, which will likely amount to thousands of dollars.

"I've said it over and over again," said Mills. "All we're trying to do is fix this and make it go away and make everybody whole. We've paid and paid and paid and paid and paid to get this stuff fixed."

Mills says he's working in Northern Virginia now, as a landscaper, and feels confident he can make the payments.

"Absolutely," said Mills. "It's what I told the judge. I have apologized several times and I have said over and over again. It's not just about me and my company. It's you know, there were a lot of employees involved and there were a lot of years doing this."

Court proceedings are still in the works for a few remaining cases.

Mills has six months to pay on the cases heard in court Tuesday, or the judge says he'll likely hold Mills in contempt of court. Mills is due back in court on other cases on February 5.

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