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Albany teen sentenced to 30 years in prison

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –A 19-year old Albany man will spend the next 30-years in prison for shooting a police officer.

Prosecutors say Johnny Hill's surprise guilty plea Friday morning sends an important message to gang members.

Hill pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated battery, trafficking marijuana, and gang participation. He was given a 40 year sentence, the first 30 in prison.

On June 17th, 2008 Hill shot APD Officer Tim Harvey in the left leg after Harvey saw him riding a bicycle on 8th Avenue in the middle of the night and tried to talk to him. Investigators say Hill was a member of the Westside Rattler gang and was selling marijuana that night.

[CG :NameGreg EdwardsDougherty D.A. Greg Edwards said "that's a very significant amount of time for the conduct. And the message you are going to be held completely responsible. And we are going to do what we can to protect police, who protect us."

After a long recovery, Harvey returned to work and is now a Detective with the Albany Police Department.

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