John “JJ” Hatch and Dillon James Sutherlin had their Initial Appearance in Sheridan County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon, both on charges relating to the January 30th, 2010 armed robbery that took place at the Sheridan home of David Simmons.
Both are charged with Count I: Aggravated Robbery; and Count II: Accessory Before the Fact. Aggravated robbery is a felony punishable by imprisonment of not less than 5 years and no more than 25 years, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. Accessory Before the Fact is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not less than 5 years nor more than 25 years, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
Court documents indicate that on the night of January 30, 2010, David Simmons reported that he had been robbed and beaten at gunpoint by three male subjects at his residence. Simmons was familiar with the subjects, and identified them as Gerald Jesse Hamlin, JJ Hatch and Dillon Sutherlin.
Simmons said that the male subjects left northbound on Highway 87 in a small silver car bearing Washington state license plates. Just before 11 pm, Corporal Thompson of the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office observed the car on Coffeen Avenue and initiated a traffic stop at Milepost 23 on I-90 Westbound. Sutherlin and Hatch were the sole occupants of the vehicle and advised they had been at Simmons’ house earlier. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed only a large baggy of marijuana, but no firearm or further evidence.
Corporal Thompson separately interviewed Sutherlin and Hatch at the Sheriff’s Office, where they admitted to knowing about the 9 mm assault rifle and that it was hidden over the fence at the end of 6th Avenue. Sutherlin and Hatch both told Thompson that Hamlin entered Simmons’ garage with the loaded rifle; Hamlin sought repayment of money; Hamlin beat Simmons with the rifle; Hamlin retrieved a large baggy of marijuana from Simmons’ home; and the three subjects fled the scene.
Judge Sampson set a $25,000 cash bond for both Hatch and Sutherlin. A Preliminary Hearing will be set in ten days.
Gerald Hamlin had his Initial Appearance in Circuit Court this past Monday, where he was charged with One Count of Aggravated Robbery. He was placed under a $75,000 cash bond.