McNair gunman pleads guilty, sentenced to serve 20 years

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - McNair Elementary School gunman Michael Brandon Hill appeared in a DeKalb County courthouse Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty in the school shooting incident.

Hill is accused of walking into Ronald. E McNair Discovery Learning Academy on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 armed with multiple guns. 

Police say he confronted office staff around 1 p.m. and told bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff to call the local media. She told a Channel 2 Action News employee that the gunman wanted the news to "start filming as police die."

Police say Hill opened fire at the school and was armed with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, but he was apprehended peacefully.

No students, faculty or law enforcement officers were injured in the ordeal.

"He came there to do one of two things: Do harm to the children or any first responders," DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander said. "Fortunately this came to an end quietly, without incident."

Hill's brother told Channel 2 Action News that his brother suffers from mental illness and got into trouble with police as a teen.

Hill was sentenced to 40 years in prison, with 20 to serve.


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