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Ex-Terps assistant Dalonte Hill sentenced to 60 days in jail

Ex-Terps assistant coach Dalonte Hill, left, at practice in 2011.
Ex-Terps assistant coach Dalonte Hill, left, at practice in 2011.(Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Former Maryland men's basketball assistant coach Dalonte Hill, who was forced to resign in November 2013 following a DUI arrest a month earlier, was sentenced to 60 days in the Howard County jail after pleading guilty Monday in the Circuit Court for Howard County to subsequent drunk-driving charges stemming from an incident last November.

Hill, 36, was arrested on Nov. 12 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, negligent driving "endangering property, life and person" and failure to obey traffic control device instructions. He was also cited for driving with an expired license, according to electronic court records.

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It was the third time Hill was stopped in Maryland for driving under the influence in less than three years. In January 2012, his first year as a member of Mark Turgeon's staff, Hill was pulled over in Anne Arundel County after celebrating his birthday in Baltimore and was charged with a variety of drunk-driving offenses. He was suspended two games by Turgeon and given probation before judgement.

Hill was given the two-month jail term Monday by retired Judge Raymond Kane and taken to jail. Hill had already been placed on "24-7 lockdown" by a U.S. District Court Magistrate after Hill was cited last week for drunk driving (also with an expired license) on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. He was appointed a federal public defender and is scheduled to appeared in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt for that incident in in September. Hill is subject to random testing and banned from drinking or driving.

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As a result of the latest DUI charge in Howard County, Hill also possibly violated terms of his probation for the 2013 incident. Last June, another Howard County judge sentenced Hill to a week in jail and a year's probation.

Hill was also arrested for drunk driving while he was working at Kansas State in 2008.The first drunk-driving charge was expunged from his record after Hill completed a diversionary program.

Once reported to be the highest-paid men's basketball assistant coach in the country while at Kansas State at more than $400,000 a year, Hill was one of Turgeon's first hires at Maryland because of his ties to the Prince George's County-based AAU program, D.C. Assault. Since leaving the Terps, Hill had done some coaching on the AAU level but had not been able to get another fulltime coaching job.

Neither Hill nor his attorney, William Hale of Silver Spring, could be reached for comment.

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