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story.lead_photo.caption Patricia Hill is shown in this photo released by the Jefferson County sheriff's office.

PINE BLUFF -- A Pine Bluff woman was found guilty of second-degree murder Tuesday night in Jefferson County for the 2018 shooting death of her husband, who had angered her by subscribing to a pornographic satellite channel.

Patricia Hill, 69, faces up to 45 years in prison for shooting 65-year-old Frank Hill on July 28.

The trial moved on to the penalty phase late Tuesday night.

Patricia Hill, whom prosecutors had charged with capital murder, faced a mandatory life sentence. However, the lesser charge -- second-degree murder -- carries a sentence ranging from six to 30 years with the possible addition of 15 years for the use of a firearm.

According to defense attorney Bill James of Little Rock, Hill flew into a rage that rendered her incapable of appreciating her actions the day of the murder after finding a $30 charge on the couple's Dish Network bill for a subscription to a pornographic channel. She had discovered the subscription a month earlier and canceled it.

According to Hill's testimony, she confronted her husband about the subscription and told him not to subscribe to the channel again.

According to her testimony, her husband responded, "What does it hurt?"

James said Patricia Hill -- after years of neglect and humiliation, and suffering from depression -- flew into an uncontrollable rage upon seeing the bill and shot and killed Frank Hill.

Dr. James Moneypenny, a Little Rock psychologist, said Patricia Hill was suffering from acute dissociative reaction to a stressful event, which rendered her incapable of knowing right from wrong.

"Her mind was empty," Moneypenny said. "There was nothing going through it. She was overwhelmed."

He said her discovery of the Dish Network bill was "explained by the concept of the last straw."

In her testimony, she described a marriage that was initially close. But over time, the couple drifted apart to the point that they spent little time together, she said.

She said her husband began spending most of his time in a shed in the back of their home, his "man cave."

"He was sitting out in the shed drinking beer and watching TV, football or whatever he was doing out there," she said. "He had his pee bucket out there."

She testified that before they married 17 years ago, she found pornographic tapes and magazines in his home and threw them away.

"I told him that was something I could not tolerate," she testified. "I thought after we got married that it would go away."

Hill said she also found pornographic tapes in the home they had together on Donaldson Drive in Pine Bluff. She said she was worried that her grandchildren would find the materials, which she called "adultery with pictures."

Attorney Holden Raines, arguing for the prosecution, said that although Hill was under the stress of a bad marriage, she was fully conscious of her actions.

He said that in her statement to police, which was played in court, Hill, an avid churchgoer and a Sunday School teacher, had said she could not tolerate pornography.

"At the end of her statement she tells you why she did it," he said. "It was something she just couldn't tolerate so she got her gun and she shot him twice."

James said he, Hill and her legal defense team were disappointed with the verdict but that it could have been much worse for his client.

"We certainly knew it was a possibility but it wasn't capital murder or first degree," James said. "I guess the true test will be the sentencing."

State Desk on 04/24/2019

Print Headline: Arkansas widow guilty in mate's death; his porn set her off, lawyer says

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  • Justthefaqsmaam
    April 24, 2019 at 8:57 a.m.

    DIVORCE - Patricia, that’s how you do it

  • MaxCady
    April 24, 2019 at 10:57 a.m.

    Frank should have just used Porn Hub.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 24, 2019 at 1:17 p.m.

    EYE FOR EYE SHE DESERVES TO DIE.
    MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON HER ANGRY AND VIOLENT SOUL.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 24, 2019 at 1:17 p.m.

    (look at her smiling in her murder mug shots.)
    where is the outrage?

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 24, 2019 at 1:18 p.m.

    (look at her smiling in her murder mug shots.)
    where is the outrage?
    (it wasnt even first degreee murder)
    BUT IT WAS MURDER RIGHT YOU PINK PANTY MALE HATING GENOCIDAL PISS BABY?

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 24, 2019 at 1:21 p.m.

    WHEN YOU SEE THE DAY COMING WHERE MALES WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH FEMALES.
    NOT THEIR MOTHERS.
    NOT THEIR SISTER
    NOT SO CALLED "SIGNIFICANT OTHERS"
    FKNG NAZIS. PEOPLE SHOULD VERY ANGRY THAT THIS GENOCIDE IS BEING ALLOWED TO TAKE PLACE UNDER SEXIST PROTECTION. BUT MOST PEOPLE ARE FAKE AS FK

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 24, 2019 at 1:29 p.m.

    this whole article is written up like shi`te and onions and you are just supposed to EAT IT.
    Arkansas widow (SHE WASNT A WIDOW UNTIL SHE MURDERERD HER HUSBAND YOU CUCKS) guilty in mate's (MATE?) death; his porn set her off, lawyer says (NO ONE CARES WHAT HER DEFENSE WAS)

  • PopMom
    April 24, 2019 at 2:17 p.m.

    UOABAre,

    I don't see any feminists taking up for her. If she weren't such a prude, maybe he would not have been looking at porn. Porn can be just harmless as long as it is nonviolent and does not involve underage people. She deserves to rot in prison for the rest of the old bag's life.

  • Packman
    April 24, 2019 at 2:40 p.m.

    Hey Pop - So, you watch a lot of porn? Agree the woman needs to die in church.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    April 24, 2019 at 2:43 p.m.

    thanx popmom.
    deep breaths
    i know im just blowing a gasket letting off some steam here.
    war of the sexes is intense

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