Man pleads guilty to New Paris home invasion, faces 120 years

Jeffrey Hill, one of two men accused of committing a home invasion and beating an elderly man in New Paris last year, has pleaded guilty to several charges and faces up to 120 years in prison.

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:28 a.m.

GOSHEN— One of two men accused of committing a home invasion in New Paris last year faces up to 120 years in prison after pleading guilty to his charges Thursday morning in Elkhart Circuit Court.

Jeffrey Hill, 43, was charged with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon and resulting bodily injury, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal confinement.

According to the plea agreement, Hill's sentence will be up to the court's discretion.

By taking a plea, Hill avoided getting an additional charge, as well as an enhancement, filed in his case.

Hill's co-defendant and son, Jeffery Hunt, 25, has a hearing scheduled for March 13. His trial is set for March 17.

According to the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, the two men forced their way into the home of Donald and Beverly Neer on Nov. 4, 2013, and stole several firearms, electronics and cash.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed for Hill and Hunt's arrest, one of the men beat Donald Neer with a tire iron.

Neer was taken to IU Health Goshen Hospital and was treated for three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a bruised hand and a laceration to the top of his head, according to the affidavit.

Neer and his family, a group of about seven people, sat on the front row in the courtroom for Hill's plea hearing.

Hill's sentencing hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. March 27. 

Elkhart Truth Reporter Sharon Hernandez contributed to this story.
Follow her on Twitter @Sharon_HT.



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