Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill’s domestic charge case will be dismissed if he complies with stipulations handed down by the Issaquah Municipal Court for the next 18 months.
On Wednesday, Hill entered into a stipulated order of continuance during a hearing. That action avoids a trial slated for later this month on a misdemeanor count of fourth degree assault/domestic violence regarding an April arrest at his Hill’s home in Issaquah involving his live-in girlfriend at the time.
According to the agreement, Hill must complete a one-year state-certified domestic violence treatment program, 26 weeks of weekly therapy and counseling, followed by monthly sessions for six months. Hill also has to do 25 hours of community service.
Further, Hill must have no other criminal law violations and possess no weapons during the period.
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The only contact Hill is allowed with his alleged victim is on the telephone, pending his progress in the domestic violence treatment program and a judge’s review of the limited-contact order.
“I felt like I treated Mr. Hill like any other domestic violence offender,” Issaquah prosecutor Lynn Moberly told the Associated Press. Moberly specializes in domestic-violence cases. “The most important thing in looking for accountability is getting him in domestic violence treatment.
“It’s a common resolution for offenders who don’t have prior convictions for domestic violence. Not only that, I had to factor in a victim who was minimizing the incident, retracting statements and generally not cooperating ... evading me personally.
Hill already received a game suspension without pay, along with missing an additional game check for violating the league’s substance abuse police.
Hill was arrested in January of last year in Georgia on misdemeanor marijuana possession, receiving 12 months probation through a plea agreement. A league spokesman said Hill’s latest court issue will be reviewed under the league’s personal conduct policy, so he could receive additional punishment by the league.
Hill is currently out with a sprained knee that head coach Pete Carroll said is expected to keep him out a few weeks.