Charles Hill, age 36, of Canton, Ohio, Charged with use of a dangerous weapon to forcibly assault, resist, impede and interfere with law enforcement
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Cleveland, Ohio, returned a three-count indictment charging Charles Hill, age 36, of Canton, Ohio, with use of a dangerous weapon to forcibly assault, resist, impede and interfere with law enforcement.
Counts 1 and 2 of the indictment charge that on or about March 26, 2012, Hill used his automobile as a dangerous weapon to assault and resist officers assigned to the United States Marshals Task Force, who were engaged in their official duties.
Count 3 of the indictment charges that on or about March 26, 2012, Hill forcibly resisted, opposed, impeded and interfered with the Task Force officers while they were engaged in their official duties.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentences will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.