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Beating victim sentenced to probation

Tashawnea Hill

Tashawnea Hill

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

A Jonesboro woman who was the alleged victim in a 2009 attack at a Morrow Cracker Barrel restaurant was sentenced Friday in a June disorderly conduct case.

Tashawnea Yeasha Hill, 37, pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to 12 months probation, 64 hours of community service and ordered to enroll in anger management classes, according to Clayton County State Court records.

Hill, an Army reservist, was also ordered to continue with mental health treatment through the Veterans Administration and report proof to the court. She is to have no contact with the victims or their families.

Hill was out on bond from a June 2010 disorderly conduct arrest when she was again arrested on the same charge June 20, 2011. State Court prosecutors were moving forward Friday to revoke her bond on the 2010 case when Hill decided to take a plea in exchange for the dropping of two other charges.

Prosecutors intended to present evidence of Hill's prior acts to prove she was at risk to re-offend. Court documents show she was arrested for criminal damage to property in Savannah in July 1994; disorderly conduct in Morrow in March 2005 and disorderly conduct in June. Prosecutors also noted the encounter Hill had at the Morrow Cracker Barrel with Troy West, stating she spit on him.

In September 2009, Hill, who is black, and her daughter, encountered West, a white man, passing through the doors of the Cracker Barrel. Witnesses said Hill spit on West, sending him into a rage. Police said he beat Hill while her daughter watched. Hill denied the accusation.

West pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and got a 1-year sentence, with credit for time already served. He was released after 43 days in jail. Cracker Barrel has banned West for life.