Cullman man sentenced to life in prison for 2019 murder in Fayette Co.

Blue Berry Hill (Fayette County Sheriff’s Office)

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ala. — A Cullman man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2019 murder in Fayette County. Fayette County District Attorney Andy Hamlin on Friday announced the sentencing of Blue Berry Hill, 19.

According to a media release from Hamlin’s office, Hill was charged with murder in the shooting death of Joshua Devin Bush. Bush, 18, was found dead in the intersection of Sand Springs and Bly Roads in rural Fayette County in 2019. A passerby reported finding Bush’s body around 2:30 p.m. Aug. 30, 2019, adding they had seen nothing when they drove through the same intersection two hours prior. Upon arriving on the scene, law enforcement discovered that Bush had been shot.

Witnesses assisted investigators with the 24th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office/ Criminal Investigations Division, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Winfield Police Department, Alabama State Bureau of Investigation and the 25th Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office/ Criminal Investigations Division in the investigation. This cooperation led to Hill being quickly identified as a suspect. He was taken into custody the night of the shooting at a residence in Fayette County.

Hill pleaded guilty in court Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 3 following a hearing where Circuit Judge Sam Junkin denied his request for youthful offender status.

“Hill shot and killed Devin Bush for no apparent reason,” Hamlin said. “This young man was struck down in the prime of his life in a senseless act of violence. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

Hill will serve the life sentence in an Alabama Department of Corrections facility.

“He received the maximum sentence allowed by law for this murder,” said Hamlin, “and he deserves every day of it.”

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