Victim now ‘at peace’

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By Kathryn Jacewicz, Staff writer

As part of his plea agreement, Dee Hill cannot have any contact with the victim of the crime, Lillian Hickman. But if he had the chance to tell her anything, it would be he regrets the situation ever happened.

“I apologize for everything,” he said.

Hickman said since the incident, she keeps doors and windows locked and is more conscious of her surroundings.

“There was a lot on my mind,” Hickman said. “But I’m fine now.”

But Hickman said she is at peace with the incident and has forgiven the boys, saying she is not scared of them because she knows none of them would ever commit a crime like this again.

“Like I say, they are kids,” she said. “You can raise them just as good as you can, but when you turn your back on them, you don’t know what they’re going to do."