GEORGETOWN, Guyana — David Hill, founder of the House of Israel religious cult and longtime U.S. fugitive, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in a jungle prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
Hill, a 58-year-old American, and co-defendants Anthony Walcott, Philbert Clarke and Vincent Hinds, originally pleaded innocent to murder in the 1977 beating death of a cult member, but then pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. All four were given 15-year sentences.
Authorities said they will serve their sentence in a jungle jail 50 miles west of Georgetown, Guyana's capital. The jail is near the site where the House of Israel commune once was located.
The four were charged in the 1977 beating death of a fellow cult member, James Maion, after a four-month police investigation based on testimony from cult defectors.