Convicted killer Denny Ross gets 19 to life in prison for 1999 Hannah Hill murder in Akron

AKRON, Ohio - After being convicted of the 1999 murder of Hannah Hill in Akron, Denny Ross is headed to prison for at least 19 more years.

A Summit County Common Pleas Court judge handed down the sentence on Tuesday afternoon and said it will be added on to his current term.

Ross, who was not eligible for the death penalty, is currently serving a 25-year to life sentence for beating and raping Jennifer Tittle in 2004 while free on bond in the Hill case.

On Friday, jurors convicted Ross of murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

Prosecutors said Hill was strangled during a violent sexual encounter inside Ross's Springfield Township apartment. He then stuffed her body in the trunk of her gold Geo Prizm. One week after she was reported missing, Akron police found her body.

Before sentencing, Hill's father said he's never had a decent night's sleep since the murder.

"She (Hannah) was a lovable person. She had a good future ahead of her."

Hill's brother, Justin, said to Ross, "There's no remorse in your face at all."

After sentencing, Justin said, "Now, we finally have justice for my sister. We can probably get some closure. It'll never bring her back, but there will be closure now."

Ross was originally tried in 2000, but a judge declared a mistrial after learning jurors discussed a lie detector test that wasn't admitted in open court.

Defense attorneys for the killer said an appeal will be filed.

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