Habitual Offender Sentenced to Church
By: Gerri L. Elder
At 29 years old, Pachino Hill has a lengthy criminal record. He has been arrested more than 60 times, and convicted of manslaughter, terrorism and child endangerment. He has spent most of his adult life in jail.
When he was 14, he was charged with first-degree murder. In that case, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and terrorism and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Then in 2002, he and two other men were arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer after a bullet missed the officer’s head by six inches. The charges were eventually dropped due to a lack of evidence. 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 also accused of helping a friend leave the scene of a fatal shooting, concealing the weapon and preventing witnesses from talking to police but was found not guilty of the charges.
Then in March 2006, Hill was arrested and charged with another attempted murder for shooting a man in the thigh. He pleaded guilty to assault resulting in bodily injury in that case and was ordered to pay a $250 fine and put on probation for a year.
In April 2006 Hill was charged with child endangerment, then in July 2006 he was arrested on drug charges. In August 2006, he was arrested for domestic assault after hitting his former girlfriend in the head with a bottle, slashing two of her car tires and fleeing from police.
Most recently in July 2007, Hill ran from police during a traffic check because he was driving with a suspended license, then months later in October, he did the same thing again.
Now an Iowa judge believes she has figured out exactly what Hill needs. Scott County Associate Judge Christine Dalton has sentenced him to church. Apparently not familiar with the concept of separation of church and state, Dalton said that she believes that God has a plan for Hill’s life.
Dalton presided over the hearing determining Hill’s punishment for violating probation.
The first time that Hill ran from police in July 2007, he received probation. When he ran from police again in October, his probation was revoked. He will go to trial for the second police chase and the prosecutor plans to ask for jail time.
Hill will attend a counseling program offered by Third Missionary Baptist Church. Dalton also ordered him to attend eight consecutive Sunday church services and pay a fine. She also ordered that he be put on probation for a year.
If Hill skips out on church or counseling, he will face up to two years in prison.
The prosecutor in the case did not object to the sentence Dalton imposed and actually was the one that suggested that Hill attend church services in addition to the counseling.