Lottery winner who murdered a girlfriend and left hotel workers to face a life sentence

Michael Todd Hill, 54, has been convicted of first-degree murder after his girlfriend Keonna Graham, 23, was found dead in a hotel with a gunshot wound to the back of the head

A photograph of the Brunswick County, North Carolina Sheriff's Office by Michael Todd Hill
Hill was imprisoned for life

A US man who won £7.95million ($10million) in a lottery nearly five years ago has now been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his girlfriend.

Michael Todd Hill, 54, has been convicted of first-degree murder after his girlfriend Keonna Graham, 23, was found dead in a hotel with a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Keonna’s body was found by housekeeping at the SureStay Hotel on July 20, 2020. WECT reports.

An autopsy report says she was asleep before the fatal shooting and that a .45 caliber cartridge case was found on the bed, according to WECT.

Keonna was found with a penny in her left hand, the report said, and detectives found a zip-lock bag containing a white powdery substance in the room.






Keonna Graham has reportedly been in a relationship with Hill for more than a year

Hill was taken into custody the next day and charged with her murder.

A jury found Hill guilty on May 27 of the felony and possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Friday.

Just three years earlier, in August 2017, Hill from North Carolina won the huge lottery prize with a scratch card.






Michael Hill was sentenced to life in prison without parole

In a statement, prosecutors said surveillance footage from the hotel showed Hill was the only person in the room with Keonna.

They said Hill later confessed to shooting her after texting with other men at the hotel.

The couple had been in a relationship for more than a year, reports News & Observer.

Hill worked at a nuclear power plant and was living in Brunswick County at the time of his lottery win.

Lottery winnings can be life-changing, but some winners like to keep their lives the way they are.

The Mirror spoke to Steve Schiltz earlier this month, who hid his millionaire status as he responded to the government’s call for help as a shortage of truck drivers cut supplies across the country.

Steve, 56, from Pontardawe, Swansea, drove Lidl trucks around Wales and the West Country to help customers stock up during the Covid crisis.

Meanwhile, the neighbor of a lottery-winning couple is hoping they fix a broken fence after winning £184m in the Euromillions draw.

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