PRINEVILLE, OR -- A 54-year-old Crook County woman will serve just over six years in prison for killing her long-time boyfriend. District Attorney Wade Whiting says Tina Hill shot 51-year-old Dennis Stewart in November 2017. The two had a long history of domestic violence.
Hill told investigators Stewart was upset over a blanket blocking the entrance to the cabin they shared in Juniper Acres. She picked up a rifle in anticipation of an assault and the gun accidentally went off. Stewart's body was discovered by deputies several days later. He was found face down, clutching a six-inch knife.
D.A. Whiting says Stewart was arrested five times between November 2016 and August 2017 for having continued contact with Hill, in violation of a restraining order. But, he says Hill also has a history of crimes against Stewart. According to previous KBND News reports, Hill was arrested for attempted murder in June 2016 for allegedly shooting at her boyfriend. Court and medical records indicate Hill struggled with mental health and addiction issues prior to the shooting. She entered an Alford Plea Monday, for second degree Manslaughter and is not eligible for early release.