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North Carolina man who won $10M lottery prize gets life in prison

Michael Todd Hill, 54, of Leland, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced Friday in the killing of Keonna Graham, his 23-year-old girlfriend.
/ Source: Associated Press

BOLIVIA, N.C. — A North Carolina man who won a $10 million lottery prize in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 2020 fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

The News & Observer reports that Michael Todd Hill, 54, of Leland, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced Friday in the killing of 23-year-old Keonna Graham of Navassa. Graham was reported missing on July 20, 2020. She was later found dead in a hotel with a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

In a news release from the 15th Prosecutorial District of North Carolina, prosecutors said surveillance footage from the hotel showed Hill was the only person in the room with Graham.

Michael Todd Hill
Michael Todd Hill was convicted in the killing of Keonna Graham.Shallotte Police Department via AP

They said Hill later confessed to shooting Graham after she had been texting with other men while at the hotel.

Hill won $10 million from a scratch-off ticket in August 2017, NBC affiliate WECT of Wilmington reported.