A man who won $10 million on a scratch card in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his girlfriend by shooting her in the back of the head while she slept.
Michael Hill won $10m back in 2017, this Friday he was handed a full life sentence without the possibility of parole for the first-degree murder of his partner, 24-year-old Keonna Graham, in 2020.
Keonna Graham's body was found by a maid inside a hotel room in the SureStay hotel in Shallotte, North Carolina, on July 20, 2020.
Ms Graham had been killed by a single gunshot wound to the back of the head.
An autopsy confirmed that Ms Graham had been asleep in the hotel room when the fatal shot was fired.
Authorities quickly closed in on Hill once they checked the CCTV footage from the hotel and realised that he was the only person in the hotel room at the time Ms Graham was murdered.
Police arrested him the following day in Southport and he confessed to the murder.
Hill told police that he had been in a relationship with Keonna Graham for approximately 18 months and he had lost his temper after finding out she had been texting other men while they were staying at the hotel.
On Friday, it took the jury less than an hour to find Hill guilty of Ms Graham's murder.
The judge sentenced 54-year-old Michael Hill to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, he was also sentenced to 22 to 36 months for possession of a firearm by a felony.
Michael Hill hit the headlines in 2017 while working as a nuclear power plant operator when he won $10 million, now he has hit all the headlines for the murder of his girlfriend.