Jury finds Quincy man guilty of drug charges

Bryan D. Hill
Posted: Feb. 21, 2013 9:29 pm Updated: Mar. 7, 2013 10:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy man could face up to 24 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after being found guilty of drug charges Wednesday by an Adams County jury.

Bryan D. Hill, 51, was convicted of unlawful delivery of cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful delivery of cannabis between 2.5 and 10 grams, and unlawful delivery of cannabis between 30 and 500 grams.

It took the jury only 25 minutes to reach a verdict after a two-day trial.

According to First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha, Hill has prior drug convictions. "That exposes him to double enhancement," Farha said.

Hill will be sentenced by Judge Robert Adrian on April 1.

Farha presented six witnesses, including a confidential source, who testified that Hill sold him cannabis near 16th and Chestnut, which is within 1,000 feet of property owned by Quincy University, on Aug. 30, 2010.

Farha also introduced video evidence of that sale and another sale to the confidential source on Sept. 1, 2010. During that buy, Hill had less than one gram of cocaine in his possession, Farha said.

"(Hill) could be seen handing cannabis to the source in both videos," Farha said.

Farha said Hill sold to the source again on Sept. 7, 2010, although video surveillance in that buy failed.

Hill was indicted by an Adams County grand jury on May 10. He posted $1,000 in bond on May 29 and had been free since. He was taken into custody after Wednesday's decision and will remain lodged at the Adams County Jail until sentencing.