Ge­or­gia man gets 20 years for gun bat­tle at school

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

DE­CATUR, Ga. (AP) — A gun­man who was per­suaded by a book­keeper to sur­ren­der dur­ing a 2013 gun bat­tle with po­lice at a school near At­lanta pleaded guilty to mul­ti­ple charges Tues­day and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Michael Bran­don Hill, 21, en­tered the Ron­ald E. McNair Dis­cov­ery Learn­ing Academy near De­catur on Aug. 20, 2013, armed with a ri­fle pat­terned after an AK-47 and nearly 500 bul­lets, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. He re­peat­edly fired at po­lice from inside the school be­fore school book­keeper An­toinette Tuff per­suaded him to sur­ren­der. Tuff said later that she prayed as she tried to per­suade him against fur­ther vi­o­lence. No one was hurt in the gun­fire. “Her ac­tions saved a num­ber of lives out there at the school that day,” said Roderick Wilk­er­son, deputy chief as­sis­tant for the Stone Moun­tain dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice.

Hill’s de­fense at­tor­ney, An­nie Deets, said Hill has a his­tory of men­tal ill­ness that started when he was 7. Deets said Hill was abused by his late fa­ther and lived with a mother who abused drugs and al­co­hol. He tried killing him­self at least nine times, and he was in and out of state cus­tody as a child.

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