William J. Hill, the 20-year-old son of Coles District Supervisor Mary K. Hill, will plead guilty to two counts of the possession of marijuana in Prince William County Circuit Court, a prosecutor told a General District Court judge during a Friday preliminary hearing session. Prosecutors dropped a felony charge against him.
For the guilty pleas, prosecutors are recommending two 12-month prison sentences with nine months suspended on each. Hill would be in prison a total of six months if the judge accepts the recommendations.
Hill waived his right to a preliminary hearing on his other charges, which will be heard by a grand jury on Aug. 5.
He was charged in May with two counts of the possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and two counts of possession of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, with intent to distribute.
Hill was in court in 2001 for ecstasy-related charges. His mother, who was an ardent supporter during that case, did not appear at his May arraignment or Friday’s hearing. One of Hill’s sisters and a number of his friends did attend.
He smiled at them when deputies brought him in. He winked at one friend during the proceeding. Hill was arrested in a sweep that netted 18 arrests and concluded a 10-month investigation, Prince William police said in May.
Mary Hill, a Republican, recently lost her bid to run for re-election in a June 10 primary. She said in May that her son should not be freed on bond because he needs to take personal responsibility.
Mary Hill was sued by Prince William police detective John T. Mora, whom she accused of lying on the stand in her son’s 2001 trial. She was quoted in several newspapers, including the Potomac News and Manassas Journal Messenger. Mora is seeking $225,000 in damages for slander and defamation of character.
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