A St. Joseph man was sentenced in federal court today after attempting to murder an informant in retaliation for providing information to law enforcement officers. Justin M. Hill, 21, was sentenced to five years and 11 months in federal prison without parole. Hill had pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of an informant on April of 2014.
The informant had told federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that Hill had been transporting powder cocaine from Kansas City, Mo., to St. Joseph. The Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers pursed Hill after being informed of his drug transporting. The troopers tried to stop Hill but while fleeing from them he tossed two ounces of cocaine out of the vehicle and into a ditch. Hill was stopped and arrested, but the cocaine was not found.
After the stop, Hill was found searching the area on multiple occasions. Hill insisted he was searching for a lost ring when questioned what he was looking for. Law enforcement eventually found the cocaine about seven or eight feet away from the road in some brush.
Hill believed an anonymous source had told law enforcement about the cocaine, so in August of 2014 Hill rammed the informant’s vehicle with a Chevy Suburban. He proceeded to get out of the vehicle and fired six shots at the anonymous source.