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Local man to be tried in Aug. for weapons charge

By Staff
Staff Report
On June 24, investigators from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office picked up Grant Ivory Hill, age 50, for a federal weapons violation. Sheriff's Investigators Jeff Beasley and Monte McGougin picked up Hill at his residence on Rolling Hills Drive in Brewton and transported him to the Mobile Federal Courthouse in Mobile, where he was turned over to U.S. Marshall's and was later arraigned in Federal Court.
The charges stem from an investigation that began with a residential fire in February 2003 that caused the death of Grant Hill's wife, Mary Alice Hill. The Alabama State Fire Marshall's Office and the Brewton Police Department investigated the fire and while attempting to determine the origin of the fire, two firearms were located in the home.
Sheriff's Office Investigator Jeff Beasley, who is assigned to the Alabama I.C.E. Initiative, assisted on the case. Through the course of the investigation, investigators discovered that the weapons found actually belonged to Grant Ivory Hill who is a convicted felon. Hill was convicted of murder, second degree in Michigan in 1972 and served 18 years in prison.
The weapons offense was presented to the Federal Grand Jury last May and an arrest warrant was issued. Hill was transported on June 24th to the Federal Courthouse in Mobile where he was arraigned and set for trial in late August.
The Alabama I.C.E. Initiative is a program funded through the United States Attorney's Office that provides funding for enforcement of weapons offenses, community outreach, safety programs and officer training involving firearms.