Suspended LSU RB Jeremy Hill pleads guilty to simple battery

Jeremy Hill leaves the courthouse after pleading guilty.
Jeremy Hill leaves the courthouse after pleading guilty.
Jeremy Hill (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Jeremy Hill (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill pleaded guilty Friday morning to a charge of simple battery in connection with a fight outside a bar.

Hill, 20, showed up at the 19th Judicial Courthouse with his attorney, Marcie Blaize, shortly after 9 a.m. He presented himself in front of District Court Judge Mike Erwin and apologized for his actions. Some would say he had little choice other than to plead guilty after video of him during the assault surfaced. The video shows Hill literally sneak up and cold cock the victim.

"I'll let the video speak for itself," District Attorney Hillar Moore said. "I'll let you make the judgment on the video."

Erwin lectured Hill, comparing him to another former LSU running back.

"I watched Cecil Collins play football at LSU," Erwin said. "He was the best running back in the history of LSU. He was also the dumbest. You have a chance to be the greatest, but you're going down the wrong road."

Moore was also asked if LSU head football coach Les Miles gave him any indication that Hill would be allowed back on the team.

"None. I discussed the case with Coach Miles. Like any other player, obviously, he's concerned about his players. We don't fit in that equation. It's totally his call," Moore responded.

Hill and his attorney had no comment when they exited the courthouse. His future will be under scrutiny by the court. He was given a 6-month suspended sentence and ordered to:

Serve 2 years unsupervised probation

Pay $375 in restitution

Have no contact with the victim

Post nothing on Facebook or any other social media platform about the incident

Make no comments to the media about the incident

Perform 50 hours of community service

Pay a $25 fine, plus court costs

The judge will receive weekly updates on Hill's activities from the district attorney's office. The judge also ruled his curfew remains in effect, with exception for football-related activities. Hill was already on probation at the time of the fight and was placed under a 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. curfew. The judge added Hill's coaches will also be required to provide reports on him.

Miles suspended Hill until the case is settled. LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette said Miles is aware of Friday's court action. He added as of now, "the university has no response." Bonnette did not indicate when a response could be expected.

His 2013 season was already in question because of his probation stemming from an incident that happened when he was still in high school. According to Judge Bonnie Jackson's office, Hill is still scheduled for a hearing on his probation on August 16.

The Baton Rouge Police Department was called to Reggie's Bar in Tigerland on April 27 around 2:15 a.m. in reference to a fight, according to an affidavit of probable cause released by authorities. According to the document, the unidentified 20-year-old victim told officers Hill hit him in the head numerous times. It also stated officers were shown a video of the incident that "clearly shows the defendant striking the victim."

Hill left the scene before police arrived but was later arrested, Mckneely added. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and posted a $500 bond. A second suspect, identified as Robert Bayardo, 20, is accused of hitting the victim and knocking him unconscious, according to BRPD spokesman Cpl. L'Jean Mckneely. Bayardo was arrested May 3 and charged with second-degree battery. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Hill was arrested on Jan. 12, 2011 on a charge of oral sexual battery. He pleaded guilty in Jan. 2012 to carnal knowledge of a juvenile, which is a misdemeanor.

The judge sentenced Hill to two years probation.

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