March 18, 2011
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Lloyd Hill, of Cabool, has been found guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon following a bench trial in which Judge Mary Sheffield presided.
Koster said Hill’s car was parked off by itself and against a wooden pillar in a dark parking lot near the Mineral Springs River Access in Texas County when a police officer approached the car to do a “well-being check.” Upon the officer’s request for identification, Hill handed over his driver’s license. As the officer was returning to his vehicle to check Hill’s identity, he heard something being thrown onto the gravel. The officer then observed a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun a few feet from the car. A search of Hill at the jail found him to be in possession of two live .45 caliber rounds. Hill, as a convicted felon, is prohibited from possessing any firearms.
Hill will be sentenced on May 5. Koster said that as a persistent offender, Hill faces up to 15 years in prison.