A Darke County man was sentenced to life for murder in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Friday morning. Judge Jonathan P. Hein presided, with Darke County Assistant Prosecutor James Bennett and Hill’s attorneys Randall Breaden and David Rohrer present.
Lawrence M. Hill, 56, of Greenville, pleaded guilty to count one of aggravated murder, an unclassified felony, on Tuesday, Sept. 28. As a part of the plea, count two of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, was dismissed.
Hill’s son, 31-year-old Vincent Hill, was found dead by his mother on Friday, Nov. 13 with multiple gunshot wounds at his home on state Route 502 outside of Greenville.
His mother called 911 and reported that her son had shot himself. Deputies later determined it was a homicide, according to an affidavit.
Authorities later learned that Hill and his son did not get along. According to the document, on Thursday Nov. 5, Hill told his ex-wife that he was going to kill her and their son.
After further investigation, Hill indicted with the murder of his son on Monday, Nov. 16.
At sentencing, Roxanne Beck, Hill’s former sister-in-law, said she can’t fathom his actions.
“It is impossible for me to understand how someone could hurt a child, let alone take their own life,” she said. “Vincent was my only nephew. You took his life at 31 years old. You stole our tomorrows.”
Hill was sentenced to life in prison and a $10,000 fine. He will be eligible for parole in 20 years.
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