Liz Austin Peterson, AP, January 15, 2008
A jury convicted a man Tuesday of raping another man, one of five sexual assaults he is accused of committing on men in an eight-month spree in 2006. The sentencing phase of the trial was to begin later Tuesday for Keith Hill, who could receive anything from five years’ probation to life in prison for aggravated sexual assault.
The trial focused on just one of the cases against him: A May 2006 attack of a teenager who said he was forced to perform oral sex at gunpoint after he was abducted from his driveway near Houston.
Hill, 20, pleaded not guilty to the attacks, and his attorney, Lane Lindsey, said Tuesday that a confession he gave to Harris County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shane McCoy in February may have been coerced.
But in his closing arguments, prosecutor Spence Graham said it should be easy for the jury to convict Hill because his semen was found on the victim’s shirt and because his confession included information that only the actual assailant could know.
Hill did not testify and his attorney did not present any witnesses before making closing arguments on Tuesday morning.
[Editor’s Note: See last February’s AR News story, which identifies the race of the victims, here.]