Forsyth Man Sentenced in Burglary Case

thumb_8bb1993b86c75afFORSYTH, Mo. – A man from Forsyth receives a 25-year prison sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections from Greene County Circuit Court Judge Calvin Holden.

Thirty-eight-year-old Johnathon Hill pleads guilty to six felonies in Greene County Circuit Court in connection with a home invasion in December of 2012.

According to Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell, Hill and another man broke into a residence in Ridgedale on December 28. The homeowners recognized Hill since he had previously completed renovations on the home. The two men reportedly physically assaulted one of the homeowners and threatened to kill them with a knife.

The two men loaded stolen guns, ammunition, jewelry and other valuables into the homeowner’s truck while the victims were bound with duct tape inside the house. When deputies found the vehicle, a chase ensued with speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The two men were eventually found hiding in a wooded area within hours of the home invasion.

Hill entered an Alford plea for felony first-degree assault, and straight guilty pleas for Class B felony first-degree burglary and two counts of kidnapping. He also pleaded guilty to Class A felony first-degree burglary, and felony armed criminal action. He receives concurrent sentences of 25 years in prison for the six felonies. Merrell says Hill must serve at least 85-percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

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