Man who assaulted cops sent to prison

Published 12:03 am Thursday, January 12, 2012

An Andalusia man has pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers last January.

William Edward Hill Jr., 41, was arrested for the Jan. 1 incident where he assaulted Andalusia Police officers Nick Ireland and Jimmy Lassister.

“Hill punched one officer on the cheek with a closed fist and kicked the other in the groin while the officers were attempting to arrest him for disorderly conduct and public intoxication,” District Attorney Walt Merrell said. “Officers were dispatched to the scene of Hill’s arrest on Riley Street when citizens called complaining that Hill was in the street intoxicated, cursing and yelling.”

Hill was sentenced in November to 10 years in prison. On Tuesday, Hill appeared before Judge Lex Short, asking for probation; however, that request was denied.

Following the hearing, Hill was remanded to the Covington County Jail, where he is awaiting transfer to the Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

“We appreciate the judge’s decision – it shows that the justice system won’t tolerate an assault on a police officer,” Merrell said.