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Carroll County Crime

Man receives probation for using false mileage on registration

A Westminster man whose vehicle was involved in a fatal crash in 2013 — and later discovered to be stolen — entered a plea agreement for putting false mileage on the registration.

Burnie Allen Hill, 82, of the 600 block of Spring Meadow Drive, receive probation before judgment Tuesday for using a falsified official documents.

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Hill's 2001 Chevrolet Suburban was being driven by his son, Christopher Trinity Hill, on Aug. 31, 2013, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Senior Assistant State's Attorney Adam Wells.

Christopher Hill was involved in a collision on Md. 140 in Westminster that killed Mary Ann Christopher, 68, of the Virgin Islands, according to court records. Christopher Hill entered a plea agreement for negligent driving and other charges in August and received no jail time.

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Troopers from the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack who responded to the crash scene observed that a VIN plate was obscuring the original plate on the windshield of the Suburban, according to Wells.

The visible VIN plate showed a number that was registered to a 1994 Chevrolet Suburban but the vehicle involved in the crash was clearly of a later model year, according to Wells.

The obscured VIN was registered to a vehicle reported stolen from Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Rockville in 2001 and never recovered, according to Wells.

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Christopher Hill told police he bought the car from his dad for the cost of repairs but had not yet change the registration, according to the documents.

Burnie Hill told police he purchased the car at the side of Md. 32 in 2009 and was not aware that there was a false VIN plate on the windshield, according to Wells.

Both Burnie Hill and Christopher Hill were charged with altering the VIN and motor vehicle theft in March 2014. Those charges have since been dropped.

Records show that between 2011 and 2013 Burnie Hill registered the vehicle and supplied differing information about the mileage on the vehicle, from 196,000 miles in June 2011 to as high as 285,000 then 195,000 in September 2012, according to Wells.

Defense attorney Erin Danz said Hill did not attempt to perpetrate a fraud in selling the vehicle with false mileage information, and the odometer did not show signs of being tampered with.

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Wells said Hill did not have a prior criminal record. The state did not oppose probation before judgment in the case.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or email heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.


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