Augusta man convicted of child molestation sentenced to life in prison

An Augusta man convicted of sexually molesting an intellectually challenged girl was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

A Richmond County Superior Court jury convicted Travis S. Hill, 35, of aggravated sexual battery and two counts of child molestation at the conclusion of a five-day trial.

Having offered Hill several plea negotiations that would have taken the possibility of a life sentence off the table in exchange for sparing a 14-year-old girl for testifying, Assistant District Attorney Audrey Lewis sought the maximum sentence Friday.

Because Hill had two previous felony convictions — possession of marijuana in 1998 and aggravated assault in 2003 — Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. had to impose the maximum sentence for aggravated sexual battery.

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