A North Carolina lottery winner has been sentenced to life in jail with out the potential for parole for the first-degree homicide of his girlfriend.
In August 2017, Michael Todd Hill, 54, a nuclear energy plant employee from Leland, Brunswick County, received $10 million on an Final Thousands and thousands scratch off ticket at a Maco Depot gasoline station.
He described the second as “life-changing” as he posed for photographers with an outsized examine, his spouse by his aspect.
In July 2020, in one other life-changing second, he shot his girlfriend, 23-year-old Keonna Graham of Navassa, at the back of the pinnacle whereas she slept in a room on the SureStay Resort in Shallotte, Brunswick County.
Prosecutors mentioned Hill was jealous as a result of Graham, 31 years his junior, had been texting different males. The pair had been in a relationship for round 18 months, in line with courtroom paperwork.
Graham’s physique was found by a maid at round 12:30pm on July 20. This was across the identical time her mom filed a lacking individuals report after she failed to point out up for work as a corrections officer at Pender Correctional Establishment.
In accordance with the post-mortem report, Graham was clenching a penny in her left hand, and detectives discovered a ziplock bag containing a white powdered substance shut by.
Prosecutors mentioned lodge surveillance footage confirmed that Hill was the one particular person who had been within the lodge room with the sufferer.
He was arrested the subsequent day and subsequently confessed to the killing. On Could 27 this 12 months, a jury discovered him responsible of first-degree homicide.
In 2020, native NBC affiliate WECT spoke to Tiffany Wilson, a buddy of the sufferer’s household.
“I feel it’s horrible,” she mentioned. “I imply, he simply received the lottery. I heard he simply obtained married, and also you go and kill a younger lady? A lovely lady? I don’t perceive.”
All that cash and you might be seducing a younger lady to enter a lodge?” mentioned Wilson. “I don’t know what the scenario is, however you had no enterprise being in a lodge along with her.”
WECT additionally spoke with workers on the storage the place Hill purchased his lottery ticket. They mentioned he returned after his win to present the lady who bought him the ticket $2,000 to thank her.
They described him as an everyday buyer, a “good man.” They by no means would have thought he may do one thing like this.