Posted: Jul 12, 2013 9:37 AM by Russell Jones, Michael Shingleton
Updated: Jul 12, 2013 8:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill pleaded guilty this morning to charges of simple battery connected to a fight outside a bar this past April.
Judge Mike Irwin sentenced Hill to two years unsupervised probation, fined him $375, half of the victim's medical bills, and ordered him to write a letter of apology. Hill must also serve 50 hours of community service and attend anger management classes, as well as abstain from using any social media or making comments to the press, and keep the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew put in place after his arrest. Hill must pay a $25 fine and court costs.
The court-ordered curfew does not affect football games, team activities, or a job, but Hill remains suspended from the team.
Hill was on probation at the time of the fight after pleading guilty in 2012 to a charge of sexual oral battery. Prosecutors said they plan to file a motion this afternoon to revoke that probation.
Erwin ordered Hill's probation officer to provide weekly updates to the court.
A second person, Robert Bayardo, also pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation, fined him $375 for the other half of the victim's medical bills, ordered to perform 50 hours community service and write a letter of apology to the victim. Bayardo has already done ten hours of community service and has entered into an angermanagement class. He also cannot comment to the press, use social media websites and has to pay a $25 fine and court costs.
Today, Judge Irwin compared Hill to Cecil "The Diesel" Collins, who was at the same courthouse Thursday for a hearing over a '98 burglary conviction. Irwin told Hill he had the chance to be as good as Collins at LSU, but he was currently "going down the wrong road."
According to court documents, the 20-year-old victim told investigators Hill attacked him and surveillance video showed both Hill and Bayardo hitting the victim, knocking him unconscious.
LSU head football coach Les Miles suspended Hill from the team following the fight. The university said Miles would revisit the matter after Hill's legal issues were settled.
Hill is due back in court August 16 for a probation revocation hearing from his oral sexual battery guilty plea. Judge Bonnie Jackson will decide how to procede with Hill's probation which was set to expire in January.