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Man gets 5 years in crime spree

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A Stafford County man pleaded guilty to charges from several robberies in Spotsylvania County last year.

Jason Robert Hill, 34, was convicted of two counts of robbery, felony larceny from a person, grand larceny and felony failure to appear in court Tuesday in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but five years suspended under a plea agreement.

According to the agreement, Hill admitted to crimes in Spotsylvania as well as similar offenses in Fredericksburg and Stafford.

On May 23, 2013, Hill approached two clerks at the Sally’s Beauty Supply store at 3587 Plank Road with a yellow shirt wrapped around his hand claiming he had a pistol. The clerks complied and he fled with $300 in a small red car.

Three days later, he draped a blue shirt over his hand and demanded cash from the clerk at Milagrito’s Market on Courthouse Road. He got more than $800 and fled in a red car, according to the agreement.

Hill attempted to rob the Gulf Express Station at 5318 Jeff Davis Highway on May 30 in a similar fashion. But when he pointed his shirt-covered arm at the clerk, her brother pulled up in the parking lot and she refused Hill’s demands. He ended up fleeing the store south of Four-Mile Fork with only a bottle of soda.

Hill was also identified as a suspect in the theft of two engraved chainsaws valued at $1,300 from a man’s parked truck after Hill sold them for $250 to a Spotsylvania pawn shop.

The failure to appear charge was brought about when he jumped bail and did not show up for a May 29 court hearing, the agreement said.

Hill was arrested the same day when he was spotted by Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Capt. Troy Skebo outside the Hardee’s restaurant at Four-Mile Fork around 12:30 p.m. while walking to his vehicle.

Hill attempted to elude police and rammed Skebo’s unmarked cruiser. He was taken into custody after that.

Hill later told police that he committed the crimes because he was “strung out” on heroin and opiates. Needle track marks were observed on his arms, the agreement said.

He also said he did not have a gun during the robberies, but instead used the shirts to make the clerks think he did and to cover up a distinctive tattoo.

As a part of his sentencing, Hill was ordered to pay more than $2,500 in restitution. The $1,626 that was seized when he was arrested will be applied to the restitution due, the agreement said.