Michael Todd Hill, who was the winner of a 2017 lottery, was sentenced in 2020 to life imprisonment for shooting and killing his girlfriend.
A North Carolina man was convicted of the murder of his girlfriend, more than four years after he won a $10,000,000 lottery prize.
Michael Todd Hill, 54 was convicted for first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Keonna Graham. He had been with Keonna for over a year.
Graham, 23 years old, was reported missing in July 2000. He was discovered with a gunshot wound to his head at a SureStay hotel near Wilmington by the 15th Prosecutorial District of North Carolina.
"Surveillance footage showed Hill in the hotel room with Graham," prosecutors stated in the release. They also noted that Hill, a former worker at the nuclear plant, was later detained by Southport law enforcement in North Carolina. She confessed to having shot Graham while texting other men in the hotel.
CBS News reported that Hill confessed to the murder of Graham after he discovered she was texting other men in the hotel.
According to WECT, Graham's mother was the one who reported her missing.
According to News & Observer, Hill was convicted Friday by a jury. He will be sentenced to "life without parole and 22-36 month imprisonment for Possession Of Firearm By Felon to run concurrently with his life sentence."
"The District Attorney's Office would love to thank our local police agencies for their collaboration in the investigation into Graham's death," Shirley Smircic, Assistant District Attorney, stated in the news release. News & Observer. "This case was won because of the hard work of these officers."
Hill may not have a lawyer who can comment on his behalf.
PEOPLE did not receive a response from the North Carolina Judicial Branch to our request for comment.
Hill was sentenced more than four and a half years after he purchased a scratch-off ticket at the local gas station, winning a $10 million lottery prize. Hill decided to receive his $6 million lump sum and was paid $4,159 101 after federal taxes.
Hill said that "This is life-changing," to the site at the time. "Wow! "Wow!