A man charged with attempted murder, who was found guilty of a much lesser offense following a jury trial, has been sentenced to time served.
Jacob Lee Hill, 28, was found guilty of misdemeanor reckless endangerment by a jury last month. During his sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Hill was handed an 11-month, 29-day sentence. He was credited with time served after being incarcerated since Aug. 5, 2018 to fulfill his sentence.
The sentence comes after Hill was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated burglary when Eddie Jones was stabbed in the neck with a knife at Jones’ apartment in July 2017.
During Hill’s two-day jury trial last month, the jury found Hill not guilty of the attempted first-degree murder charge due to lack of evidence.
Jones, police officers and several witnesses took the stand, but opposing claims of what Hill was wearing and claims of a knife case not being properly bagged in a sealed evidence folder led the jury to find Hill guilty of the lesser charge. The knife case was found on Hill’s person during his arrest.
The Class A felony of attempted first-degree murder would have landed Hill in prison for 15 to 25 years, while the misdemeanor conviction carries a maximum 11-month, 29-day sentence.
Although Hill has fulfilled the time he owes on that sentence, he remains in jail on other charges including felony escape attempt, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault upon public and private transportation employees.
During Hill’s sentencing Wednesday, a motion for a mental evaluation was approved by Judge Bart Stanley regarding the other charges. Hill will appear in court for those charges once the mental evaluation is performed.
Hill must also pay restitution for injuries caused to the victim.