As she saw her own gun from her car’s glove box pointed at her head, Latasha Guyton Miner wondered who would take care of her kids.
Then, a pop.
She knew she had been shot, and Miner remembered watching Timothy Allen Hill’s feet as he walked out of the room in a Murrayville cabin in March 2017, according to statements by the prosecution during Hill’s sentencing Thursday, Aug. 23.
Superior Court Judge Jason Deal gave Hill a 35-year sentence with 31 years in confinement. The rest of it will be on probation.
Hill will receive credit for time served since March 25, 2017.
Miner lost her right eye in the shooting in the 6900 block of Dee Lane in North Hall.
Assistant District Attorney Kelley Robertson told Deal this should be treated like a murder case, because the only difference was “by the grace of God, by a miracle, by her own fortitude, (Miner) did not die.”
“When the defendant looked at her with a cold look in his eyes and pointed her own gun at her — a .380 pistol that she kept for protection — and pointed it at her head, all she could think about was her kids and who was going to take care of her kids, because she believed she was about to die.”
Robertson said the gun was never discovered.
Hill was originally charged in a June 21, 2017, indictment with criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the attempt and commission of a felony and obstruction of an officer.
On Monday, Aug. 20, Hill took an Alford plea — meaning he maintained his innocence but conceded the evidence against him would likely lead to a conviction — to attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
“I can say on the record there have been a lot of delays waiting on some scientific evidence from the state, which actually did not help the state, particularly,” Maddox said Monday, Aug. 20.
All charges outside of the attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony counts will be dismissed.
“I believe that having two working eyes is a priceless gift we all take for granted. What I do know is that this is a senseless and ruthless attack that was not provoked in anyway,” Miner said.
The broken trust was a painful experience that also created a “void that will never be able to be filled only by my Heavenly Father who will restore all things … 100-fold,” she said.
Robertson said the instigating incident is believed to have been a message he read on her phone that made him jealous. The assistant district attorney said Miner and Hill were not in a committed relationship and had been seeing other people.
Defense attorney Andy Maddox characterized the pair’s connection as a “friendly relationship that was romantic in nature as well.”
Hill’s mother and family friend told Deal about Hill’s quiet demeanor and said any violence was out of the ordinary.
Following sentencing, Maddox said he was hoping for fewer years to serve. He argued the facts of the matter were more akin to a voluntary manslaughter case.