Convicted killer sent back to prison on drug conviction
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man who was paroled after serving 23 years for a drug-related killing is headed back to prison for another 10 years after he was convicted of peddling methamphetamine.
The Joplin Globe reports that 61-year-old Stephen Hill was sentenced Monday in Jasper County to the maximum penalty for the drug charge.
Both Hill and his brother, James Hill, were convicted of second-degree murder in the 1992 killing of 22-year-old Tyrone Davis, of Springfield. The prosecution maintained at the brothers’ separate trials that the slaying took place just hours after Davis threatened Stephen Hill about his failure to pay a drug debt.
Stephen Hill was granted parole in 2016 but got in trouble again in January 2017. That’s when authorities searched his home and seized methamphetamine and digital scales.
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com