Hill draws 36-month prison term

OKEECHOBEE — Due to a felony charge and several violation of probation charges, a local 18-year-old will be spending the next 36 months in a state prison.

Aaron Bradley Hill entered into a plea agreement with the state Wednesday, Dec. 16, and was adjudicated guilty by Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer.

It was Hill who was beaten up by Andrew Wheeler at an Aug. 8, 2014, party being held in a home owned by Evadean Lydecker Dailey. Hill, who was 16 at the time, was so intoxicated he could not stand up let alone defend himself against Wheeler’s onslaught, according to police reports and verified by Hill’s own testimony in court during Wheeler’s trial.

Wheeler, 20, was sentenced Aug. 31, 2015, to serve 30 years in prison by Judge Bauer. He had only been out of prison 74 days before committing the Aug. 8, 2014, offenses. Because of that, the judge declared him to be a prison releasee re-offender which carried a mandatory sentence of 30 years.

Dailey, 41, is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail and is awaiting trial.

She is charged with holding an open house party, contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a minor, aggravated child abuse, child abuse by intentional infliction of mental/physical injury and child neglect without great bodily harm. Her docket call has been set for Jan. 6, 2016, at 1:15 p.m. in front of Judge Dan Vaughn, who will take over for Judge Bauer after the first of the year.

Hill has had a number of brushes with the law as a juvenile but he was first charged as an adult in April of this year when, at the age of 17, he pulled a knife on a man and threatened to cut him during a confrontation at a local fast food restaurant.

In that case he was charged with the felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21, which are both misdemeanors.

On Aug. 14 he was placed on probation for a period of five years by Judge Bauer and his adjudication was withheld.

Still, he couldn’t stay out of trouble.

Hill violated that probation when, on Oct. 4, he was arrested on a felony charge of grand theft by Officer Charles Green of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD).

Arrested with Hill was Kyle Robert Selwyn, 20. He was arrested on a felony charge of grand theft and a misdemeanor charge of trespass after warning. Selwyn was placed on probation for a period of two years by Judge Bauer, who also chose to withhold the man’s adjudication.

In his arrest report, Officer Green stated the pair was seen concealing items in Hill’s backpack by the asset protection team at Walmart. The pair was seen taking speakers and phone chargers and putting them in a backpack being worn by Hill.

Hill, continued the report, was also seen going to the men’s department and taking a pair of shoes. The officer stated Hill then took the shoes he was originally wearing and put them in the box that initially held the new shoes.

He then put that box with the old shoes back on the shelf, Officer Green stated.

According to the officer’s report Hill also had a watch concealed in one pocket of his pants and a knife in the other pocket. Hill was seen using that knife to remove the security device from the watch and then putting the watch on his left wrist, added the officer.

The report also states that Hill and Selwyn took another backpack and began stuffing more items in it.

Officer Green went on to point out the stolen items had a total value of $521.60.

Hill was initially taken to the St. Lucie Regional Detention Center in Fort Pierce, but was returned to the Okeechobee County Jail because he had been charged as an adult in the earlier case. Because of that, he was also charged as an adult in the theft case.

Hill was prosecuted by assistant state attorney Terry Tribble.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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