Nahiku man sen­tenced to 15 years in prison

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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.

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