Springfield man arrested for home invasion, sentenced on gun charge

He pleaded guilty in April 2016

Kendall Hill. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield man who was arrested in September of 2015 for a home invasion out of Georgia, was sentenced Tuesday for a gun charge.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, 29-year-old Kendall Hill was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Springfield to 57 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release, for possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon.

22News reported about Hill on September 21st when he and another Springfield man, Devron Smith, were arrested in connection with a violent home invasion in Athens, Georgia. Detectives arrested Hill without incident, but Smith escaped and was later found in Enfield hiding at a Motel 6.

Ortiz said detectives found a .22 caliber Ruger pistol, loaded with 8 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, in Hill’s closet when they executed outstanding warrants from Georgia and Massachusetts. He eventually pleaded guilty in April of 2016.

Hill has an extensive, violent criminal history in Massachusetts, including 2004 and 2005 firearms convictions and 2015 convictions for breaking and entering and assault and battery, Ortiz said. He was on probation when detectives found him with the pistol.

NOTE: United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri, made the announcement on Tuesday. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katharine A. Wagner of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

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