Hill, accused of opening fire in an Atlanta-area elementary school a year ago pleads guilty in a DeKalb County Superior Court to all 13 charges, including aggravated assault, and receives a sentence of 40 years with 20 to serve behind bars. His lawyers ask for a 30-year-sentence with 10 years in prison. Hill’s lawyer:
Mr. Hill’s only intention that day was to harm himself.
Public defenders enter a plea of mental incompetence for Hill. Public Defender, Claudia Saari:
Hill has extremely low cognitive functioning and mental illness.
Hill is indicted by a DeKalb County, GA. Grand Jury. They return a 13-count indictment that includes aggravated assault, second-degree burglary, terroristic threats, false imprisonment, obstruction and theft by receiving stolen property. DeKalb police officials:
Hill held school employees hostage and fired at responding officers, who fired back.
School bookkeeper, Tuff works to convince Hill to put down his weapons and ammunition. Tuff speaks to Hill while on the phone with the 911 operator and gets Hill to surrender. Tuff:
He was off his medication and that he don’t care if he dies, he don’t have nothing to live for. He said he’s not mentally stable. He’s laying on the floor. He’s got everything out of his pockets. There isn’t anything. The only thing he has is his belt. Everything is out of his pockets. Everything is sitting here on the counter, so all we need to do is they can just come in, and I’ll buzz them in. I’m going to tell you something baby — I’ve never been so scared in all the days in my life.
President Obama calls to thank Tuff for her courage. Obama:
Thank you for the courage you displayed while talking to a gunman.
Over 800 Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy students are evacuated after Hill fires a half-dozen shots with an assault rifle from inside the school. School spokesman Quinn Hudson:
No one was injured.