Jurors deliberated just two hours last Thursday before finding Calvin Bernard Hill, 36, guilty of armed robbery, theft by taking, burglary and kidnapping in the Feb. 29, 2012 incident at a house on Wood Hollow Drive in Marietta.
The crime scene is near Interstate 75 and Windy Hill Road, and the homeowner testified that he had just returned from work about midnight and was opening his door when Hill had put a gun to his head, forced him into his house, tied him up in the bathroom and burglarized his home. The victim said Hill then returned to the bathroom and again held the gun to his body, and at that point, the man believed he was about to die.
Hill has four prior felony convictions in Fulton County, and one in Houston County.
Assistant District Attorney Theresa Schiefer said the state had offered a plea that would have resulted in a chance at parole someday, “but I guess Mr. Hill’s pride got in the way.”
“The state gives an opportunity for second chances,” Schiefer said. “But we’re here now on number six.”
Judge Stephen Schuster agreed, and sentenced Hill to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Hill is represented by attorney Ted Johnson of Atlanta. The defense did not put up any witnesses during the trial, which began March 25.