15 minute deliberation sends man back to prison

Friday, May 2, 2008

A Marshall County jury deliberated about a quarter of an hour Monday before delivering guilty verdicts for a Lewisburg man who's scheduled to be sentenced June 4 on forgery charges.

James Anthony Hill, 57, formerly of Finley Beech Road, was arrested by Lewisburg Police Detective Santiago McKlean for signing Roy Dillon's name on an Antioch construction company check made out for $650 in June 2006. Hill said it was a paycheck. Trial testimony persuaded the jury otherwise. Judge Robert Crigler presided. Circuit Court Clerk Elinor B. Foster filed the verdict sheets at 4:46 p.m. Monday, reporting later that the jury deliberated about 15 minutes.

Theft and two counts of forgery were added to his record that includes mail theft, burglary, shoplifting, breach of peace, solicitation of another to commit a felony, aiding and abetting robbery, possession of illegal drugs, bringing contraband into the county jail and attempts at jail escape and larceny, according to court records.

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