According to Massac County State's Attorney Patrick Windhorst, a jury was seated on Aug. 13 and the state presented evidence and rested on Aug. 16.
After the prosecution rested on Thursday afternoon, Hill plead guilty to first degree murder and will be sentenced to 21 years in prison and will have to serve 100 percent of the sentence.
Windhorst said the same plea offer had previously been extended to Hill, so he did not get any kind of reduction in his sentence.
According to Windhorst, Hill's two other co-defendants, Riley Purdiman and Demetrius Hill, both had previously plead guilty for their involvement in Simms' murder. He went on to say Purdiman, had been established in the evidence as the shooter and Demetris Hill and Jalmar Hill were both accessories to the crime. Purdiman Demetrius Hill will serve 40 years and 21 years respectively.