Hill Makes Brief Court Appearance on Violation of Probation Charges

August 16, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
Craig Hill

38 year old Craig Anthony Hill, charged with aggravated robbery of Liberty State Bank in Liberty on August 3rd, made a brief court appearance in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday for violation of probation, but the case was continued until September 20th.

The violation of probation against Hill apparently stems from a sentence he received earlier this year in which he was to be on probation for a term of four years.

On Monday, March 22nd Hill appeared in criminal court and pleaded guilty to burglary, theft over $1,000, forgery, and two counts of theft under $500. He received a two year sentence on the burglary charge, suspended to supervised probation after serving 120 days. He was given credit for time served. Hill also received a two year sentence for theft over $1,000 on DOC probation. Hill received a one year sentence on DOC probation in the forgery case and a sentence of 11 months and 29 days on probation in each of the theft under $500 cases. Almost all the sentences were to run concurrently.

In the burglary and theft, Hill and another man, Eddie LeRoy Taylor were charged with breaking into a tool trailer at 340 Floyd Drive on November 17th, 2008, taking bolt cutters and cutting the lock off the trailer and then removing items totaling approximately $2,800 in value including several Dewalt drills, Dewalt skil saw, and Dewalt router.

Hill was arrested again on July 8th, 2009 for theft of property over $500 and forgery. Hill allegedly took jewelry from a residence on Hurricane Ridge Road without the owners consent and sold it to a local jewelry dealer. Hill also allegedly took checks belonging to the victim and forged them on June 29th and June 30th, 2009 in amounts totaling $313

The warrant against Hill for violating his probation was taken by probation supervisor Jessie Rucker on August 4th, 2010. Hill is accused of violating his probation in that he "has not provided any proof of employment, is no longer living at the last reported address, has not reported to his probation officer as instructed and has not provided the correct address and contact information, and he currently owes $5,085 in court costs/restitution" which he has agreed to pay but has not."

Hill will make his first General Sessions Court appearance on the aggravated robbery charge on Thursday, August 19th. He remains incarcerated under a $100,000 bond for aggravated robbery and he is being held without bond on the violation of probation charges.

In other cases, 44 year old Eddie LeRoy Taylor pleaded guilty to five charges of passing a forged instrument and received a suspended sentence of two years each case to run consecutively with each other and consecutive to other sentences in DeKalb, Rutherford, and Warren County. He will be on good behavior probation. Taylor was given jail credit for 567 days from January 26th, 2009 to August 16th, 2010.

20 year old Timothy Walker pleaded guilty to worthless check over $1,000. He received a two year suspended sentence. He must perform 100 hours of community service, make restitution of $3,500 to the victim, and pay $150 to the economic crime fund. He will receive the bike upon complete payment of restitution.

42 year old Michael Lawlor pleaded guilty to a first offense of driving under the influence. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended except for 48 hours to serve. Lawlor will be on supervised probation. He will lose his license for one year and he must pay a fine of $360. Lawlor must also complete and alcohol safety education program.

32 year old Lavar Bass pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving on a revoked license. He received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days. He will be on supervised probation and he must pay a fine of $50. Bass was given jail credit of 78 days

26 year old Ryan L. Walden pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000 and received a two year sentence on probation. He was given credit for time served from March 1st to August 16th, 2010

48 year old Berna Dean Barnes pleaded guilty to a first offense of driving under the influence and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days all suspended except for 45 days to serve. She will lose her license for one year and she must pay a fine of $360. The sentence will run concurrently with a DeKalb County violation of probation case against her.

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