Middletown man ordered to pay $28K in restitution to 93-year-old theft victim

A Middletown man must pay restitution as part of his punishment for stealing money from his elderly neighbor.

Shawn Hill, 29, pleaded guilty to theft in August as part of a plea agreement and was sentenced earlier this week by Warren County Common Pleas Judge Timothy Tepe.

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Tepe sentenced Hill to serve 30 days in jail and three years of community control with work release beginning Oct. 18, according to court records.

Hill was fined $2,500 and must also pay $28,000 in restitution to the victim, according to the court records.

The defendant was indicted in March on charges that he forged checks and stole money worth $8,500 from his 93-year-old neighbor in late 2015 and early 2016.

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Investigators said the victim also loaned Hill $34,000 based on the false promise that he would be paid back when Hill received settlement proceeds from a dog-bite lawsuit that didn't exist.