Norton man pleads guilty to attempted murder of law enforcement officer

A Norton, Va. man has pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

Hill was to face a Wise County jury next week.

Hill was sentenced to 60 years in prison with 40 years suspended.  So, he will serve 20 years in prison. The remaining suspended sentence will be conditioned upon successful completion of 30 years of probation.

According to authorities, on May 21, 2015, the Norton City Police Department responded to a domestic violence call at a Norton home.  Upon arrival, officers found a woman who was bleeding with various visible signs of injury.  The woman told officers that the other person in the home was armed.  As a police sergeant entered the home, Charles Hill came out of a bathroom with a rifle in his hands.  Hill then raised the weapon to his eye and pointed it at the sergeant.  Hill fired the weapon at the officer from a short range, barely missing him.

“We are all thankful and lucky that no one was killed or seriously injured that night in May 2015.  This is a serious case that could have ended very differently,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said.  “Our law enforcement officers place themselves in danger every day to protect others from harm.”

Slemp continued, “We hope these convictions send the message that any effort to harm a law enforcement officer will be met with severe repercussions.”

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