LSU running back still has another to finish
It’s one court-ordered probation down, one to go for LSU running back Jeremy Hill.
State District Judge Bonnie Jackson, who put Hill on probation for two years in January 2012 after he pleaded guilty as a high school senior to a misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile charge, terminated that probation Friday during a brief court appearance.
Jackson said Hill had fulfilled the special conditions of his probation stemming from a December 2010 incident in which he engaged in a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl in the Redemptorist High School locker room.
“We’re closing this chapter,” Hill’s attorney, Marci Blaize, said outside the courtroom.
Hill, 21, declined comment when asked if he will return for his junior season at LSU or make himself available for the NFL draft.
Jackson terminated the probation of Hill’s co-defendant in the case, Avery Tate, on Monday.
Hill and another man, Robert Bayardo, remain on probation for punching a man outside a Tigerland bar in April.
State District Judge Mike Erwin put Hill on probation in that case for two years in July, when Hill pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery in connection with the April 27 incident in the parking lot of Reggie’s Bar on Bob Pettit Drive. Bayardo pleaded guilty to the same charge and was put on probation for one year, or until July 2014.
Hill’s probation in that case is scheduled to expire in July 2015, but Blaize said the tailback is close to fulfilling the conditions of that probation and hopes the probation can be cut short.
“I don’t know if that will happen,” she said. “That’s our goal.”
“That would not be the state’s position,” East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Sue Bernie, who prosecuted both of Hill’s cases, said outside Jackson’s courtroom when told of Blaize’s remarks.
Bernie said Hill violated his probation in the 2010 case involving the juvenile when he was arrested and later pleaded guilty in the bar-related incident. She said he should remain on probation in that case for the full two years to ensure that he remains arrest-, conviction- and drug-free, which are terms of the probation.
Erwin is scheduled to review the probations of Hill and Bayardo in May. The judge ordered both men to pay the victim’s medical bills, write letters of apology to him, perform 50 hours of community service and attend an anger management class.
Hill had completed the conditions of his 2012 probation before the April punching incident occurred, so Jackson later added a special condition of 40 hours of community service.
A cellphone video released by the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office in July shows Hill and Bayardo punching a 20-year-old man outside Reggie’s Bar and then giving each other high-fives in front of the victim after he fell to the ground.
Hill, who was suspended from the LSU football team for three months following his April arrest, is currently under a court-imposed 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.