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NEVADA, Mo. — A Milo man received sentences totaling 12 years in prison after entering Alford pleas to charges that he repeatedly injected a woman with methamphetamine against her will.

Lavern S. Hill Jr., 46, entered Alford pleas Tuesday in Vernon County Circuit Court to three counts of second-degree assault and a single count of possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced by Circuit Judge David Munton to seven years on each of the assault convictions and five years on the drug conviction.

The judge ordered that the assault sentences run concurrently with each other and with other sentences the defendant is facing in Vernon and Cedar counties, but ordered the drug conviction to run consecutively to all the sentences.

Hill originally was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, second-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance in the November 2014 abuse of a 29-year-old woman.

According to a probable-cause affidavit, the woman told police that Hill offered her a ride and took her to a residence in Nevada where he forcefully injected her with meth multiple times over a three-to-four-day period preliminary to having sex with her each time. She further alleged that he punched and kicked her and dragged her by her hair throughout the ordeal.

A police search of the residence where the assault took place turned up methamphetamine believed to have been in the defendant’s possession as well as an electronic scale.

The victim told police that she never consented to being injected with the drug or to having sex with Hill, leading to rape and sodomy charges being filed initially in addition to assault. The forcible sex charges eventually were amended down to additional counts of assault during the adjudication of the case.


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