Nahiku man sentenced to 15 years in prison
Consecutive prison terms totaling 15 years have been ordered for a man who was arrested last year after driving a stolen car toward two police officers at the McDonald’s drive-thru in Wailuku.
Samson Hill, 30, of Nahiku was sentenced Monday, with 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo following a plea agreement in the case.
Hill was identified as the driver of a stolen 2013 brown Hyundai Elantra that had turned into the McDonald’s drive-thru on Main Street when two Wailuku patrol officers tried to stop the car the afternoon of March 6, 2017.
Both officers had their guns drawn as they walked into the drive-thru to approach the stolen car from the front, yelling for the driver to turn off the engine and get out of the car. Instead, Hill accelerated toward the officers, pinning one officer against a wall when he fired one shot that flattened a rear tire before the car sped away, according to police.
That night, the car was found abandoned on Lepoko Place in Wailuku.
After Hill was identified as the driver, he was arrested March 12, 2017, at his residence in the Nahiku area.
Originally charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, Hill pleaded no contest Monday to two reduced charges of first-degree assault, as well as two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.
He was sentenced to concurrent 10-year prison terms for the assault charges and concurrent five-year prison terms for the other charges, with the 10 years for the assault charges running consecutive to the five years for the other charges for a total of 15 years.
Another criminal case, charging Hill with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information and theft of a credit card, was dismissed in exchange for his pleas.
Hill’s probation previously was revoked in 2013 and 2015 cases. In March, he was resentenced to a 10-year prison term for two counts of first-degree burglary and first-degree theft, and five-year prison terms for two counts of second-degree theft, second-degree escape and unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.