Brandon Hill, who was arrested after being shot by a Hollister police officer on Dec. 8, 2020, was sentenced to four years in state prison June 8.
Hill was charged with arson, assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest, and making criminal threats against police officers and three family members. He pleaded guilty May 10 to arson of a structure and two felony counts of “resisting executive officer by force,” District Attorney Joel Buckingham told BenitoLink.
According to the California Penal Code 69, resisting executive officer by force involves “attempting to prevent officers from carrying out their lawful responsibilities through the use of force or intimidation.” If convicted, a person charged with the offense faces probation, fines and up to 3 years in jail.
A report from a court-appointed doctor to San Benito County Superior Court and Judge Patrick Palacios found that Hill was mentally incompetent. Hill was then ordered to be committed to Atascadero State Hospital, or another institution as determined by the director of the state Department of Health, for care and treatment.
In February it was determined Hill was now competent to stand trial.
“On February 16, 2023, the court received an evaluation that stated that the defendant was competent to stand trial and he was found competent at that time.” Buckingham told BenitoLink.
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