Only on 12: Murder victim's family reacts to sentencing

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock; June 18, 2008

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- Greg Jones was shot and killed in November of 2006, found dead on Aiken Avenue in Johnston. Ollie Hall, a former law enforcement officer and bailiff in Edgefield County, was convicted of the murder. But due to a plea deal, Hall won't even spend one day behind bars.

"I was upset. I was really, really hurt. I was so hurt I just got up and left out of the courtroom, that's how hurt I was. I just had to get out of there," says Lagretta Hill, Greg's daughter.

A day after the deal was made in court, Lagretta Hill and her brother are holding onto pictures of their dad. They're confused about why his killer is sitting at home instead of behind bars.

"I'd like to see him behind bars, because you can't bring a life back," says Lagretta. "It was shocking and I was hurt and I am still hurt."

Judge Cordell Maddox sentenced Hall to ten years for the charge of voluntary manslaughter. The papers say it's a violent and most serious crime.

But if you look at the papers closer, you will see Hall will only serve two years, at home, with electronic monitoring.

"The justice I was looking for was the right thing. They said, 3 to 30 years. I'd prefer like 25 to 30 years in jail," says Lagretta.

The family questions whether Hall's status as a former bailiff and law enforcement officer in Edgefield County has anything to do with the sentence.

"He got off easy, he really did and they knew he was going to get off easy," says Lagretta.

Coincidence or not, the pain still lingers everyday for Lagretta.

"It hurts because I just had my baby after my daddy got killed. My dad didn't see my son but twice after he got killed that Saturday. It hurts. They still have their father, and we don't," says Lagretta.

News 12 had some trouble getting a hold of the indictment and sentencing documents from the Edgefield Clerk of Court Office. Those are public documents. The clerk told us they couldn't give them out until all the documents were together, which happened early this afternoon.

We also tried to talk to the defense attorney and the judge, but they were not available to comment.

In addition to the two years of house arrest, Hall was sentenced to five years probation.


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  • by Kristy Location: Columbia, SC on Jan 3, 2009 at 03:19 AM
    Before people want to comment on how easy Hall got off, maybe they should research him more. I started to research this case recently because I knew Officer Hall a very long time ago. I do not believe that he got off easy because he was a law enforcement officer. People that have no faith in the criminal justice system think that had something to do with it. True you can not bring a life back, but think about all of the lives Officer Hall saved over his 23 year LE career. I am not saying that what he did was the best judgement but until you know the details of the case do not judge him or his sentencing.
  • by Martin Location: Halem GA on Jun 19, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    this type of injustice is common. if people want to stop this type of injustice then sign the following petiton http://www.gopetition.com/online/19934.html The story can be youtubed as well http://www.youtube.com/user/NoFEARW3 I supoosedly lied and I face 1 year of federal prison time, I should have committed murder to get off? Sign the petition and call your congressman (Broun for 10 th dist GA)and those in S.C, or better yet ask WRDW to air both these stories, and bring NATIONAL attention to the injustice!
  • by Kathy Location: evans on Jun 18, 2008 at 03:35 PM
    Just watched your segement on the murder of Greg Jones. So let me get this straight - if I want to commit murder, all I have to do is get hired as a bailiff and then all I get is a slap on the hand and an ankle braclet. Hmmmmm.....I would love to know the thinking behind this sentence. What is sad - there seems to be no justice for or closure for the Jones family...How sad.
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