Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill agrees to domestic violence treatment to avoid trial

August 18, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8:30 p.m. Aug. 18, 2010

The assault charge against Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill could be dropped if he completes a yearlong domestic-violence treatment program and stays out of trouble for the next 18 months.

Hill appeared in Issaquah Municipal Court on Wednesday and entered into a stipulated order of continuance. The agreement allows Hill to avoid a trial if he and the city prosecutor agree to conditions in the case.

Hill, 27, had pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge; a trial could have started as early as next week. Issaquah police arrested Hill in April after his girlfriend said he attacked her at his Talus home.

Under the conditions set by the court, Hill must complete treatment, possess no weapons and avoid breaking the law for the next 18 months.

The agreement also limits the contact between Hill and the girlfriend to phone calls until he enters the treatment program.

If Hill meets the conditions, the agreement calls for the charge to be dismissed and for the incident not to appear on his record.

Hill is likely to be found guilty of the assault charge if he violates the conditions.

Issaquah police broadened the investigation into the case late last month. Investigators requested a warrant to search the girlfriend’s mobile phone records to determine if she and Hill had broken a court-issued no-contact order, a misdemeanor.

The investigation had been stymied, because detectives could not reach the woman. Police could not deliver a subpoena to the woman, despite multiple visits to her residence and her workplace.

Eventually, the court issued a warrant for the woman to appear, and she turned herself in.

Hill faced another legal problem before the Issaquah incident. He pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in Georgia less than a month before the assault arrest.

NFL officials suspended Hill without pay from the Sept. 4 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers for violating the league substance-abuse policy.

Hill suffered a knee injury during Seahawks training camp last week. The injury could sideline Hill for several weeks.

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