Frequently arrested Pachino Hill sentenced to attending church


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Posted Online: March 21, 2008, 6:22 pm
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By Brian Krans, bkrans@qconline.com

Authorities are trying a new approach with a Davenport man arrested more than 60 times on charges ranging from traffic violations to attempted murder.

Pachino Tehran Hill's latest sentence is to go to church.

Easter Sunday starts the first of eight consecutive weeks the 29-year-old Davenport man must spend at Third Missionary Baptist Church in Davenport.

This week, Scott County Associate Court Judge Christine Dalton sentenced Mr. Hill to church services, along with completing the church's men's counseling program.

The sentence came after a jury found Mr. Hill guilty last month of driving while barred, eluding law enforcement, interference with official acts and two counts of failure to obey a traffic control device.

The charges stem from a police chase in October that began in Rock Island County and ended in Davenport. A Rock Island County Sheriff's deputy tried to stop Mr. Hill for traffic violations and he led police into Davenport, where he stopped his car and tried to flee on foot.

At the time of the chase, Mr. Hill was on probation for similar charges.

Also, as part of Mr. Hill's unsupervised probation from the October chase, he must not have any other law violations or drive without a valid license. He also has to pay a $940 fine and court costs.

If he violates any terms of the probation, he'll spend the next two years in prison. He's scheduled for a probation hearing May 21.

After being sentenced in Scott County Wednesday, Mr. Hill failed to appear at a hearing in Rock Island County Thursday on a charge of aggravated fleeing related to the same incident.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, but recalled the same day. He's scheduled to be in court in Rock Island County on Monday.

Mr. Hill has been in and out of jail since he was 14.

In 1993, he pleaded guilty to charges related to the 1993 shooting death of Lawrence Brown Johnson, 24. Mr. Hill, who was released on parole in 2001, allegedly gave a gun to Clyde Edwards Jr. the shooter in the Johnson murder, who is serving a 50-year prison sentence.

In 2003, Mr. Hill and two other men were charged with attempted homicide for allegedly shooting at a Davenport police officer. Charges later were dropped for lack of evidence.

In 2004, Mr. Hill was accused of helping a friend flee the scene of an August murder of 20-year-old Grayling Churn Jr. Mr. Hill also was charged with hiding the murder weapon and keeping witnesses from talking to police, according to court records. Some of the charges were dropped and a jury found him not guilty on others.

Since then, Mr. Hill has been charged with child endangerment, attempted murder, possession of a controlled substance and domestic abuse. Those charges have either been dismissed or pleaded out to lesser offenses.

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