By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A felon is headed back to state prison after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer and stealing tires at an eastern Canadian County truck stop.
Walter Lee (AKA “Slick”) Hill, 61, was convicted Dec. 21 after entering guilty pleas to two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, endangering others while eluding/attempting to elude police officer and grand larceny.
After hearing testimony, Canadian County Special Judge Charles Gass sentenced Hill to serve 10 years in Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ custody. All four felony counts will run concurrently.
Hill – who was booked into the Canadian County Jail on Sept. 22, 2020 – will be transferred to a state prison. His crimes require him to serve at least 85% of the 10-year sentence.
Because of previous felony convictions, Hill had faced up to life in prison on these new felony charges.
State DOC records show Hill spent about 17-1/2 years in prison between 1994 and 2020 for first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, false personation, forgery, grand larceny, and receiving/concealing of stolen property.
The defendant appeared via video from the Canadian County for his recent plea and sentencing hearing. His attorney Jason Lowe was present in the courtroom.
Hill was charged Sept. 25, 2020, in Canadian County District Court after a Sept. 12th incident at TA Travel Center, 501 S Morgan Road. Oklahoma City Police investigated the case.
Allegations are detailed in a probable cause affidavit signed by a police investigator.
THE THEFT, THE ASSAULT, THE CHASE
Oklahoma City officers were dispatched about 7:15 a.m. Sept. 12, 2020, to a reported burglary at the TA truck tire shop just east of Yukon.
Officer Brandon Lee arrived on scene and confronted Hill, the burglary suspect.
Hill assaulted Lee by jumping on his back intending to injure the police officer, also trying to grab his firearm.
The suspect was able to escape, fleeing the scene driving a GMC pickup.
One week later, Hill was arrested after a police pursuit.
The vehicle he was driving was pulling a trailer loaded with tires.
Hill and his vehicle matched descriptions given by witnesses in another tire theft reported earlier that day at a northeast Oklahoma City truck stop.
“There were five victims and that suspect threatened one with a knife and attempted to hit another victim with his car during the theft,” according to the probable cause affidavit.
After Hill was arrested, officer Lee positively identified the felon as the person who assaulted him.
Police noticed puncture marks on the back of Hill’s right thigh and right buttocks where an officer previously deployed a conducted electrical weapon (CEW).