Crime & Courts

Man gets nearly 55 years for shooting ex-girlfriend in food fight

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A Wichita man is headed to prison for nearly 55 years for shooting his ex-girlfriend in an argument over food cooking on a grill, the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Joe Hill, 29, was given the 653-month term by District Judge Jeffrey Syrios late last month after he was convicted of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery, four counts of aggravated assault, battery, criminal discharge of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Prosecutors say that after the Sept. 7, 2014, argument, Hill and three other men drove by his ex-girlfriend’s home in the 1500 block of South Bleckley, and he told her: “We got something for you, we’ll be back.”

An hour later, Hill returned and fired six to eight shots at his ex-girlfriend and three other adults standing outside her house next to a car; one bullet hit the woman’s leg. Two children, both about a year old, were in the car at the time. More children were on the porch. No one other than the woman was hurt.

Hill has prior convictions for aggravated robbery and kidnapping and spent time in prison over those crimes, the District Attorney’s Office said. He was released in August 2012.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker