Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 27, 2014

Man sentenced to 120 years in prison for home invasion


GOSHEN — A Winona Lake man was sentenced today for his role in a violent home invasion that took place south of New Paris last year.

Jeffrey R. Hill, 43, was sentenced by Elkhart Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker to 120 years in the Department of Correction. He was given credit for 93 days he’s already been incarcerated.

Earlier this month, Hill pleaded guilty to charges of armed robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class A felony; burglary, Class A felony; conspiracy to commit burglary, a Class B felony; and criminal confinement, a Class B felony. A term of Hill’s plea agreement with prosecutors allowed him the option to appeal the sentence. Hill indicated in court today that he does plan to appeal.

Authorities alleged that Hill and his son, Jeffery Hunt, broke into the home of Donald and Beverly Neer the evening of Nov. 4. Donald Neer was attacked during the break-in and suffered skull and wrist injuries and three fractured vertebrae in his neck. Beverly Neer was reportedly thrown to the ground and suffered a hip injury.

A trial date for Hunt has been scheduled for June 30.

Read Friday’s edition of The Goshen News for a full report about Hill’s sentencing, or go online to www.goshennews.com.