San Francisco man in child sex case takes plea agreement
A San Francisco man facing multiple charges for reportedly having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl has accepted a plea agreement that could net him two years in prison or three years in jail.
John Wayne Hill, 32, reportedly met the girl through an iPhone app called Let’s Date and met her in person several times.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office was contacted about their relationship by a mandated reporter and arrested Hill in Nevada City Jan. 18 when he came up to meet the victim.
Hill was facing 10 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old, lewd acts on a child, meeting a minor for lewd purposes, possession of matter depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct, contact with a minor for a sexual offense and sending harmful matter to a minor.
According to both Hill’s attorney. Thomas Leupp, and Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Ow, there might have been some misrepresentations by the female victim as to her age. Leupp indicated he will argue against Hill having to register as a sex offender.
If Hill does, he would serve a stipulated prison sentence of two years. If he doesn’t, he would serve three years locally, in county jail.
In Nevada County Superior Court Tuesday morning, Hill pleaded no contest to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He will undergo a psychological evaluation prior to sentencing, which was set for Dec. 18.
Brothers plead not guilty to homicide
A Superior Curt judge ruled against a motion by the attorney for one of the two brothers charged in connection with the murder of Brian Spalding, that challenged a special allegation that his client laid in wait for Spalding.
Scott Thomas Hollingshead, 24, and Christopher Michael Nix, 20, reportedly had gone to Spalding’s residence in the 11000 block of Forest View Drive at about 11:15 p.m., April 14, wearing dark clothing and with something covering their faces to conceal their identities, beat him severely and shot him several times in the upper torso.
Spalding was pronounced dead at the scene, and the official cause of death was ruled to be multiple blunt-force trauma.
The two suspects were indicted by a criminal grand jury in August.
Nix, who is being represented by a court-appointed attorney, Michael Phillips, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder with special allegations of lying in wait, aiding murder and that a principal was armed with a firearm during the commission of the crime, and a charge of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, with a special allegation that a principal was armed with a firearm during the commission of the crime.
Hollingshead, who is being represented by a court-appointed attorney, Stephen Munkelt, also pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder with special allegations of lying in wait, intentional discharge of a firearm causing death or great bodily injury, and that a principal was armed with a firearm during the commission of the crime.
He also was indicted on one count of shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, with special allegations of intentional discharge of a firearm causing death or great bodily injury and that a principal was armed with a firearm during the commission of the crime.
The two defendants will next be in court Nov. 25.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect that Christopher Nix has pleaded not guilty. The Union regrets the error.
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