Courts

Tacoma man pleads guilty to slugging wedding guest at Union Station

Staff writerApril 16, 2014 

A Tacoma man whose drunken rampage disrupted a wedding reception at Union Station last summer will avoid jail time after agreeing to an alcohol-and-drug evaluation.

Jordan Michael Hillis, 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court to criminal mischief/riot and fourth-degree assault.

Judge Frank Cuthbertson sentenced Hillis to 364 days in jail but suspended all that time provided Hillis seeks an alcohol-and-drug evaluation, pursues any recommended treatment and stays out of trouble for two years.

Hillis, who has fought as a mixed martial artist, was charged last year with third-degree assault and fourth-degree assault after his behavior disrupted the July 14 event, court records show.

He was accused of getting drunk and punching a man at the wedding reception then knocking over an off-duty uniformed federal law enforcement officer who was providing security, the records show.

A letter Hillis wrote to the man he punched was made part of his court record.

In it, he apologizes for his actions and says he's taken steps to clean up his act, including giving up alcohol and marijuana, getting married, becoming involved in his church and finding a full-time job.

"My behavior that night in general and toward you was inexcusable," Hillis wrote. "... I am deeply sorry for the incident that occurred and the ways in which I mistreated you; you deserved better, and as a result I am trying to become better."

 

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