The sentencing hearing for a Vandalia man found guilty of aggravated domestic battery in June has been delayed.
Gregory Hill, who was also acquitted on charges of attempted first-degree murder and a second count of aggravated domestic battery in that bench trial, was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday.
But, during a Zoom hearing on Tuesday, Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison made an oral motion to delay the hearing, “due to witness unavailability,” according to court records.
Judge Kevin Parker, who was the bench trial judge, granted that motion over the objection of Hill’s attorney, Thomas Lacy.
A new sentencing date had not been set as of early Wednesday morning.
Hill, 51, has been in Fayette County Jail since being charged in August 2017 on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated domestic battery.
He has been in custody on $750,000 bond since his arrest.
Hill could be sentenced up to seven years in prison, with credit for time served in the county jail, and fined up to $25,000 for the Class 2 felony.
The maximum sentence is two year more than what Hill would have served had he accepted a plea bargain from Morrison’s office prior to trial that included dismissal of the attempted murder charge.
Hill was charged with causing serious injuries to his wife during a domestic incident.
He was charged initially with throwing his wife to the floor and striking her in the neck, but the allegation that he threw her to the floor was removed in an amended motion filed a few days prior to the bench trial.