BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Joshual Hilton, 33, the man accused of hitting and killing a 12-year-old boy while fleeing from police was convicted Wednesday on drug charges.
After a nearly three-day trial, the jury unanimously returned guilty verdicts on charges of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, marijuana, and promethazine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Evidence showed Hilton distributed meth, marijuana, and promethazine in a neighborhood near Sherwood Forest Boulevard. A search warrant executed at his home on Silvercrest Drive on September 22, 2016 resulted in the seizure of 2 kg of meth, more than 5 lbs of marijuana, and 20 bottles of promethazine syrup. Officers also found a stolen, loaded Glock .40 semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine and more than $36,000 in drug proceeds.
Hilton then led police on a high speed chase through neighborhoods near St. Thomas More School, throwing drugs out of the window of his vehicle as he fled. In a similar incident on May 31, 2017, Hilton struck and killed Sammy Lee, 12, while also fleeing from police.
As a result of prior convictions and sentencing enhancement based on prior drug convictions, Hilton faces a mandatory life sentence.
"The evidence clearly showed that Mr. Hilton is an unrepentant drug dealer who continue to ply a very dangerous trade in our community. Today reaffirms, yet again, that armed drug traffickers will find no safe quarter in our communities, and certainly not in federal court. I applaud the thoughtful decisions of the unanimous jury, and the excellent work of prosecutors and the federal and local law enforcement agencies who worked seamlessly together to bring this drug trafficker to justice. Our collective work to make our communities safer must and will continue with vigor," said United States Attorney Brandon Fremin.