Judge adds curfew for LSU player
A state district court judge on Tuesday added new conditions to the probation of suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill, including a curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and a requirement that he avoid bars.
Judge Bonnie Jackson also ordered Hill to undergo a substance abuse evaluation and follow any recommended treatment, Assistant District Attorney Sue Bernie said.
Hill, 20, was booked April 27 with simple battery after a bar fight in the parking lot of Reggie’s Bar on Bob Pettit Drive in Baton Rouge. He had already been on probation at the time of the fight after pleading guilty in January 2012 to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
A condition of his probation had been that Hill refrain from any criminal activity. Bernie said Tuesday that prosecutors likely will file a motion in the coming weeks asking Jackson to revoke Hill’s probation.
“At this point in time, that appears to be appropriate,” Bernie said, “but I’m still gathering all the information.”
Hill could face up to six months behind bars if his probation is revoked. Bernie said she could not yet predict whether prosecutors will push for Hill to serve jail time.
“I’m looking at everything,” the prosecutor said.
Hill’s curfew is set to last until the end of his probation in January, Bernie said.
Hill’s defense attorney, Marci Blaize, said the new conditions of Hill’s probation “are certainly reasonable.” She said it would be premature to comment on her position toward possible jail time for Hill because prosecutors have not yet filed a motion to revoke his 2012 probation.
Tuesday’s hearing lasted only about five minutes, Bernie said. Hill is scheduled to return to court Aug. 16 for a review.
“If there’s a motion to revoke his probation, that could possibly be done prior to that time,” Bernie said.
The implications for Hill’s future with LSU remain unclear.
On April 29, Tigers coach Les Miles suspended the running back indefinitely from all team activities, and in a statement said the program would not comment further until a resolution was reached in the sophomore’s latest case. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette reiterated that message Tuesday.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and see how it plays out,” Bonnette said.
Yet the new stipulations on Hill’s probation pose a potential problem. For example, Hill’s curfew, which runs until January, doesn’t include exceptions for some football-related activities such as night games or travel, Bernie said.
Bonnette confirmed Miles is traveling in Jackson, Miss., for a stop on the LSU Tiger Tour as part of an offseason fundraising effort for the Tiger Athletic Foundation and the LSU Foundation.
“I spoke with Les and he will not comment any further than what he has already said,” Bonnette said. “He (Hill) remains indefinitely suspended from team-related activities.”
The fight happened after 2 a.m. in the parking lot of Reggie’s Bar. Police have said Hill punched a 20-year-old man and left the scene before officers arrived.
A cellphone video showed a second man, Robert G. Bayardo, 20, knocking the victim unconscious after Hill punched him. The video showed Hill and Bayardo giving each other high-fives in front of the victim after he fell to the ground, police said.
Investigators found Hill near the West Campus Apartments, which are listed as Hill’s address. He later posted $500 bail.
Bayardo was booked last week with second-degree battery.
At the time of the bar fight, Hill had been on probation for a December 2010 incident in which he engaged in a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl in the Redemptorist High School’s locker room. He pleaded guilty in January 2012 to misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile in that case and was given a six-month suspended jail sentence.
Advocate sportswriter Matthew Harris contributed to this report.