Confessed Felon Given Probation, Accused of New Crimes

Confessed Felon Given Probation, Accused of New Crimes (Image 1)

A man who earlier this year pleaded guilty to 20 felonies was never sent to prison, and in the past couple of weeks he's been picked up on new charges.

Last year, deputies in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties connected Michael Shane Hill, 35, of Pacolet, to a rash of thefts and burglaries.

Hill confessed to breaking into churches and stealing vases from graves, and he was kept in the Spartanburg County Detention Center from September 2012 through mid-February 2013.

In February, Hill pleaded guilty to the 20 felonies which ranged from burglary to grand larceny, but instead of receiving prison time, S.C. Circuit Court Judge Ben Culbertson suspended Hill's sentence to six months in prison but gave him credit for time already served. The judge gave Hill five years probation and ordered him to pay more than $16,000 in restitution.

A couple of weeks ago, Union County deputies say Hill was arrested for stealing bulldozer equipment from a man's home in Jonesville. He was charged with grand larceny, but a magistrate at the Union County Detention Center gave Hill bail, and he was released.

The S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services says it's aware of the most recent charges and will request a hearing to revoke probation but only after the most recent case is settled in court, and that could take several months.

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