Former Rocket Jordan Hill Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charge

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Former Houston Rocket Jordan Hill avoided a prison sentence with a plea deal. Hill was accused of choking and punching Darlene Luna’s legs last February in a late night lover’s brawl.

Hill was in district court in Houston on Thursday facing felony assault charges; facing up to 10 years in prison. The plea agreement led to a guilty plea to misdemeanor assault charges and requires hill to complete domestic violence counseling and one year probation. The judge ordered him to pay a $500. fine and donate $100. to the Harris county domestic violence fund.

Hill appeared in a Houston courtroom alongside attorney Rusty Hardin Jr., who successfully defended Roger Clemens in his recent perjury trial. Hill’s former girlfriend, Darlene Luna, was represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred, perhaps best known for representing Nicole Brown Simpson’s family during the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

According to the AP, Luna sobbed on the witness stand and said Hill hit her legs with his fists, pulled her off a couch and put her in a chokehold from behind. She intends to file a civil suit against Hill, the AP said.

"Jordan simply wanted to put this behind him to play basketball,” Hardin told the wire service. “The alternative is to have this be pending until the season is over and have a trial sometime next year.”
Hill, was traded from Houston after a thirteen-month stint, to the LA Lakers in a midseason trade and is a productive second team player earning more than $3.5 million per season.

"No one will understand how it made me feel ... confused, embarrassed and traumatized," Luna, 29, said in court on Thursday. "I loved Jordan and never thought he'd put his hands on me. No man has a right to hit a woman, no matter what."
Neither Hardin nor Allred could immediately be reached for comment by The Thinkering.

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