On January 30, 2007, a Lynchburg jury found Clinton Hill, 62, of New York, guilty of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. The jury recommended a sentence of twenty years incarceration and a fine of $100,000.00.
On June 8, 2006, Deputy United States Marshal Steve Hayes received information that Hill, wanted for an out of state parole violation, was staying at the Best Western hotel on Candler’s Mountain Road. Hayes and his partner, Deputy United States Marshal Bryon Thompson went to the hotel where they found Hill, along with a female companion. Hill was taken into custody without incident and his room was searched incident to his arrest. Hayes located approximately 89 grams of cocaine in a black suitcase, along with digital scales, numerous photographs of Hill, and male clothing. Some of the cocaine was broken down for individual sale in 26 small glass vials. Hill had $1,153.00 cash on his person when he was arrested. Lynchburg Police responded to the scene to collect the evidence and Hill was charged later that evening with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
At trial, Captain Wayne Duff of the Lynchburg Police Department testified as an expert in the drug trade. He stated that the cocaine was worth at least $9,000.00, and was significantly more than what he typically encountered on cocaine users in Lynchburg. Duff also testified that the glass vials were typical of cocaine and heroin distribution in New York, and had not been seen previously in Lynchburg.
The charge carries a sentence range of five to forty years and a fine of up to $500,000.00. Hill will be formally sentenced by Judge Mosby G. Perrow, III, on March 23, 2007. Perrow may not increase the jury sentence, but he does have the authority to suspend as much of it as he sees fit.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Bennett. Mr. Hill chose to represent himself at trial.