County won’t prosecute Hill on domestic charges

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comMay 9, 2013 

The King County prosecutor’s office will not pursue domestic disturbance charges levied against former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill, according to Dan Donohoe, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office.

Hill was arrested by Issaquah police on suspicion of the domestic violence offenses of unlawful imprisonment and third-degree assault in January. The incident was Hill’s fourth run-in with the law since 2009.

Donohoe said Hill’s case has been declined as insufficient in terms of a felony. However, the 30-year-old still could face punishment. His case will be referred back to Issaquah municipal court to determine whether he will face misdemeanor charges.

“We’ve completed our review, and determined that we won’t be able to file a felony, so the case is being declined,” Donohoe said. “However, it’s being sent to Issaquah Municipal Court, and they will decide whether a misdemeanor will be considered.”

City of Issaquah prosecutor Lynn Moberly will determine whether Hill will face charges in Issaquah municipal court.

Hill was also arrested in April 2010 at his home in Issaquah on a misdemeanor count of fourth-degree assault/domestic violence for an incident involving his live-in girlfriend at the time.

Hill avoided trial, and a settlement was reached in the domestic dispute in August 2010, with charges dismissed if he complied with court stipulations.

Those stipulations included completing a one-year, state-certified domestic violence treatment program, 26 weeks of weekly therapy and counseling, followed by monthly sessions for six months.

Hill also had to do 25 hours of community service and could not have any other criminal violations or possess a weapon for 18 months.


The Seahawks announced that tight end Darren Fells was released on Wednesday.

A former professional basketball player who did not play football in college, the 6-foot-7, 260-pound Fells signed a three-year contract with the Seahawks in March.

Fells, 26, is the younger brother of New England tight end Daniel Fells.

Darren Fells spent last season playing professional basketball for Libertad Sunchales in Argentina. He also has played professional basketball in Mexico, France, Finland and Belgium.

The Seahawks selected Rice tight end Luke Willson in the fifth round of this year’s draft, so perhaps the team thought it did not need another developmental tight end on the roster.

Seattle now has five tight ends on the 90-man roster — Zach Miller, Anthony McCoy, Sean McGrath, Cooper Helfet and Willson.

Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 @eric_d_williams

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