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Robbery suspect has previous criminal record

When police put Johnathan Hill behind bars earlier this week, it wasn't their first time. But it is the most recent.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- When police put Johnathan Hill behind bars earlier this week, it wasn't their first time. But it is the most recent.

Investigators say Wednesday afternoon, Hill went inside Centennial Bank on 8th and Broadway in Little Rock wearing a brown towel on his head, demanding money.

Friday, Fox16 News found out Hill was out on parole when the crime happened.

"Parole in Arkansas is a privilege, not a right," said Department of Community Corrections spokesperson Rhonda Sharp.

Hill first pleaded guilty to murder in 1993 and received 15 years behind bars. But the parole board let him out ten years later.

Then in 2008, he got another sentence of 13-years for theft. He only spent two years in jail before being released in 2010.

Sharp says the department does their best to monitor each parolee.

"You have 56,000 adults in this state who are on probation or parole. So you either are going to have 56,000 people doing well or 56,000 not doing well," said Sharp, "Every case is going to have its own variables."

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