VICTORVILLE — A month after a mistrial, a 47-year-old Apple Valley man was sentenced to 12 years in prison, pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an Apple Valley High School graduate, court records show.
Derrick Hill entered into the plea deal Friday during the pre-trial phase of new criminal proceedings. As part of the agreement with prosecutors, charges of murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm were dismissed, according to court records.
A jury announced it was deadlocked March 23 as to whether Hill was guilty of murder in the killing of 18-year-old Robbie Paul Stone Johnson in December 2013, and Judge Eric M. Nakata denied a defense motion at the time to dismiss the case.
Johnson was found dead Dec. 12, 2013 in a room where he lived for about three weeks in a home belonging to Hill and his wife in the 11000 block of Winterhawk Way in Apple Valley, authorities said. He was struck in the chest and died in minutes, according to testimony from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Bryan Zierdt.