What did Hill do to get himself in trouble with the law?
Hill was driving a car with a broken headlight one night in October, down Fifth Street in Rock Island, testified Rock Island County Sheriff's Deputy Justin Chisholm. Chisholm turned around and attempted to stop the Dodge Neon that Hill was driving. Instead, Hill took off and headed for the Centennial Bridge.
Hill and Chisholm crossed the bridge, turned right onto 2nd Street in downtown Davenport, up Main Street, over to Brady Street and then onto 12th Street.
Chisholm lost sight of Hill and his passenger in his car. As he turned onto 12th Street, approaching Pershing Avenue, he spotted Hill and his passenger running from an alley. Police later recovered the Neon parked behind a house in the alley.
Chisholm chased the two on foot, east toward Iowa Avenue. Chisholm used his Taser to bring Hill to the ground. Hill was then arrested.
Here is a little peek into Mr. Hill's criminal background.
Hill was charged when he was 14 years old with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Lawrence Brown Johnson. He was accused of giving the gun used in the shooting to Clyde Edwards Jr.
Hill pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and terrorism. Hill was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
At the time, then-Scott County Attorney Bill Davis said: "If we had gone to trial and if Pachino were convicted of first-degree murder, he would have gotten life in prison." He thought that considering Hill's young age, the plea was appropriate.
"This is one of the few chances we get to do some good. We have two young men who still will have a chance at life if they decide to do some good," Davis said at the time.
In December 2002, Hill was one of three men charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at a Davenport police officer. One of those bullets missed the head of the Cpl. Dennis Colclasure by six inches, police investigators said.
A lack of evidence caused Scott County prosecutors to drop those charges. Hill was convicted of possessing a firearm as a felon in connection with that incident, but a judge later ruled the evidence insufficient to charge him with any offense and dismissed the case.
In October 2004, Hill was arrested for helping Bryan Mitchell of Davenport leave the area of the fatal shooting of Grayling Church, 20, of Davenport. He also was accused of concealing the weapon and keeping witnesses from giving statements. He was found not guilty of that charge.
In March 2006, Hill was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 28-year-old man in the thigh. He pleaded guilty to assault resulting in bodily injury and was sentenced to one year probation and a $250 fine.
It wasn’t long before Hill began being arrested again.
He was charged with child endangerment in April 2006, on a drug charge in July 2006 and a domestic assault charge in August 2006. That charge prompted a police search because he fled after hitting a former girlfriend in the forehead with a bottle and slashing two tires on her car.
He received probation for the child endangerment and drug charges. The domestic assault case was dismissed.
In July 2007, he led police on a chase during a traffic enforcement effort on the Centennial Bridge. He pleaded guilty to driving while barred and received probation. His probation was revoked because of the most recent chase. If he does not complete the terms of the sentenced imposed Wednesday, eight months will be added to the two-year prison sentence.
This is the second time Hill has been convicted of leading police on vehicle pursuits along with the death and mayhem he has brought to the Quad Cities area.
The President of the Davenport Iowa Police Union has spoken out with regards to this judge's outrageous decision.
''We're upset. This is kind of a slap in our face'', said Police Union President Jim Meyrer on Thursday. ''I don't think this 8 weeks of church is going to make him think he shouldn't do this again. He's a repeat offender''.
Union President Meyrer said he hopes it's not a trend. ''Here you have a guy that's been in the system over and over and over, and now he's getting a sentence like this?'' Meyrer said. ''We're just shocked''
We here in Chicago are also shocked President Meyrer! We are shocked that in one county of Iowa a judge can sentence Mike Mette to 5 years in prison for defending himself (the judges words) and a judge in another county gives a repeat violent offender church as a means to rehabilitation. Both sentences are a miscarriage of justice and the people of Iowa should be outraged.
P.S. Ass wipe Hill faces felon charges in Rock Island County (Illinois), where the pursuit originated, and they plan on pursuing jail time.