Victoria man sentenced to 8 years in prison for role in deadly 2011 shooting
Sept. 17, 2013 at 9:17 a.m.
The state abandoned a murder charge against a 20-year-old Victoria man because he helped bring about the convictions of five people involved in a July 2011 deadly shooting.
Jeffery Hill pleaded guilty to engaging in organized criminal activity and deadly conduct - discharge of a firearm Tuesday.
A judge sentenced him to eight years in prison for each charge. The sentences will run concurrently.
Throughout his case, Hill was incorrectly referred to as Jefferson Hill because of a clerical error. Court documents were amended to reflect his correct name.
Hill and five others were charged with returning to the 800 block of Ash Street during the early morning hours of July 30, 2011.
They wanted to get revenge for a fight about beer, and Daniel Davila, 24, who was not involved in the fight, got caught in the middle, officials said.
Hill fired a .22-caliber revolver that struck the home of Pastor Thomas Gibson on the intersecting Goldman Street, Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler said in a written statement.
Davila died after suffering a gunshot wound from a 9 mm round, which police believe was fired by Hill's co-defendant Marcellus Brown, 22.
Hill provided many hours of testimony in the cases of his co-defendants Brown; Erica McClure, 27; Joshua McClure, 21; Jasmine Norman, 20; and Kia Johnson, 32.
That's because Hill wanted to do the right thing, his attorney, Jerry Clark, said.
"He has been out on bond and doing well. He got his GED and was going to college," Clark said. "He is one of those that hopefully, when he gets out, can put this behind him. He has no doubt that he made a very bad mistake."
Members of his church wrote letters to the district attorney on his behalf. Hill also played on the East High School football team, he said.
"This young man is trying to make amends," Clark said.