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Published On: Fri, Sep 19th, 2014

A year after Antoinette Tuff stops Georgia school shooter, MIchael Hall sentenced

It’s been over a year since Antoinette Tuff twarted a Georgia school shooting and now the man has been sentenced and will face the penalty for his crimes.

Michael B Hill, 21, pleaded guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court to charges that included aggravated assault and burglary. Hill’s lawyer sought a prison term of 10 years, saying his client had seized the school in an effort to provoke the police into killing him, but Judge Mark Anthony Scott sided with the prosecution, which requested a harsher penalty.

Screenshot of Antoinette Tuff discussing the Atlanta school attack

Screenshot of Antoinette Tuff discussing the Atlanta school attack

Despite their arguments, Hill will have to serve 20 years in prison.

Hill was arrested on Aug. 20, 2013 in connection to the attack on Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy just east of Atlanta. During the incident, lasting about 30 minutes, the school’s bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff, appealed to Hill. He fired shots at police and Tuff persuaded him to surrender.

“I just want you to know that I love you, though, O.K.?” Tuff told the man as he prepared to give himself up. “And I’m proud of you.”

“I give it all to God. I’m not the hero. I was terrified,” Tuff said of disarming the man with the AK-47. “I just explained to him that I loved him,” she said. “I didn’t know his name, I didn’t know much about him, but I did love him.”

Prosecutors claim this was his ninth attempt at suicide and he’s a disturbed product of being in state’s custody most of his life.

“He had a look on him that he was willing to kill…He said he didn’t have any reason to live, and he knew he was going to die today…I realized at that time it was bigger than me,” Tuff explained at the time. “I just started praying for him.”

She explained how she tried to keep him with her to allowed the kids to escape and prevent Hill from shooting at any of the children.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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