Defendant Jimmy Hills, the man behind illegal sale of land in the Johnsonville area outside Monrovia, was on Friday found guilty by a jury in Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice. The jury returned with their unanimous verdict after hours of studying oral and documentary evidences produced by both the defense and prosecutors.
Judge Yamie Gbeisay meanwhile has seven (7) days to sentence Hills to jail, after the Corrections and Rehabilitation Bureau at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) completes its investigation of the defendant’s criminal record in the community.
The defendant faces up to ten (10) years in jail, and a fine to be determined by the Judge.
Despite the jury’s unanimous guilty verdict, Hills’ legal team appealed against the decision. They are also expected to appeal Hills’ sentence to the Supreme Court.
Defendant Hills and his three codefendants were charged with the crime of criminal conveyance of land after they illegally forged the deed of one Johnson Dasa and sold two and a half acres of his land in the Johnsonville Community.
Hills denied the claims when he was first arraigned before the court, which shifted the burden of proof to the prosecutors.
Meanwhile, Hills’ three codefendants are currently on the run, escaping justice.
Legal experts revealed that the case is believed to be the first since the criminal conveyance of land law was recently passed.