Habitual Felon Convicted
Ellis Hill was convicted of Possession of a Weapon of Mass Destruction, Possession of a Firearm by Felon, Felony Fleeing to Elude Arrest, Possession of Stolen Goods, Habitual Felon, and other charges. These charges arose from several events involving the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, the Rutherfordton Police Department, and the Forest City Police Department, which resulted in multiple warrants for his arrest. Hill had already fled from law enforcement on a prior occasion when Officer Joey Brandle, Officer Scott Haynes, and Sgt. Brad Moore with Forest City Police Department received a tip that he was at a service station. They responded immediately and were able to take him into custody quickly and efficiently, minimizing the danger to the public. In his possession they found drug paraphernalia, a handgun, and a flare gun that had been converted into a snub-nosed shotgun.
Hill was sentenced to 10 to 13 years in prison. He has a lengthy violent record going back to 2006 and which includes convictions for possession of a firearm by felon, breaking and entering, and many assaults. We would like to thank the Forest City Police Department, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rutherfordton Police Department for their work in helping take a dangerous, habitual felon off the streets of our community.