Denny Ross to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon for 1999 Hannah Hill murder

AKRON, Ohio - A jury convicted him of a 1999 murder last week. This afternoon, a Summit County judge will sentence Denny Ross for the crime.

Sentencing for Ross is set for 3 p.m. He is not eligible for the death penalty.

Ross was found guilty of murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse on Friday in connection to the 1999 murder of Hannah Hill in Akron.

Ross is currently serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for beating and raping Jennifer Tittle in 2004.

Prosecutors said Hill was strangled during a violent sexual encounter inside Ross's Springfield Township apartment. Her body was placed inside the trunk of her car and found by police one week after she was reported missing.

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. After a decade of appeals, the court ruled Ross could be tried again for the crimes.

During his latest trial, Tittle testified against Ross.

"He's a monster. He's evil and he has no spirit. He's an empty, evil soul. He's damned to hell, obviously."

Brad Oborn, Hill's former boyfriend, said there is finally justice after 13 years. The defense tried to blame Oborn for the murder during the trial.

"It's a shame that he couldn't come out and admit what he did, but I have faith that no matter what the sentence... he'll make a higher sentence with God."

Ross's attorney, Roger Synenberg, said there will be an appeal.

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