Judge agrees to 10 years probation, $10,000 fine
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Charlene Hill was officially sentenced last Friday to 10 years deferred adjudication after she entered a guilty plea for the murder of her husband during her second trial in February 2011. Hill was previously tried for the murder in 2009, which resulted in a mistrial when the jury became deadlocked, said the District Attorney‘s Office.
In 2006, after years of abuse, police reports, CPS referrals, and domestic violence calls, Hill shot her husband Danny Hill to death in their Pecan Grove home. She claimed self defense.
From the date of his death in 2006 to 2011 when she was tried for the second time, Charlene Hill claimed she shot her husband in self defense. In the twilight hours of her second trial, she negotiated a plea deal. As a result of the plea deal, struck while the jury was deliberating, Hill will never again be able to say the shooting was self defense.
In exchange for the admission of guilt, Hill was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication probation in an agreement with prosecutors; however, Judge James Shoemake determined the conditions of probation during the sentencing hearing.
“As part of the agreement, the defendant must serve at least five years of her probation before she can request the term of probation to be shortened,” Judge Shoemake ruled. Judge Shoemake also assessed a $10,000 fine, 600 hours of community service, domestic violence counseling and the Prison for a Day Program. He also ordered Hill to have no contact with her deceased husband’s brothers or mother, and her own son, Jeremy Hill. The defendant will also be part of the probation department’s mental health caseload which results in stricter monitoring than a normal probation, said a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office.