A California man was sentenced this week to 247 years in prison for the murder he committed in his home in 2013.
Joseph Anthony Hill was found guilty in the murder of Sean O’Toole. The judge proudly told Hill, “You’ll never see the light of day again,” according to NBC San Diego.
While O’Toole’s family members addressed the courtroom, Hill would not keep quiet. O’Toole’s brother called Hill a coward, and he responded by yelling expletives and calling the victim a bully, NBC San Diego reported.
The victim’s brother and mother spoke before the judge about how O’Toole’s murder has affected their lives. His mother said that her son was a father and now his son will have to live life without his dad.
“Sean was not perfect,” O’Toole’s mother said, according to NBC San Diego. “He never claimed to be perfect. He made some pretty poor choices in his life, and he paid the ultimate price. But he did not deserve to be murdered.”
At one point during the trial, a prosecutor said that Hill showed no remorse for his crime and Hill yelled out in agreement, reported multiple sources.
The judge agreed to O’Toole’s family’s request to enforce the maximum sentence in the case. He ruled that Hill would not be eligible for parole while he spends the rest of his life in prison.
Hill has a long criminal history, including six previous felonies. In addition to murdering O’Toole, he also wounded Travis Bondurant on Dec. 29, 2013. The next day, he was involved in a shootout with officials from the U.S. Marshals Violent Crimes Task Force, who were attempting to take him into custody.
Hill had a trial in April 2015, during which he was found guilty of first-degree murder. Deputy District Attorney Joe McLaughlin told a jury in the trial that Hill “went on a rampage,” beginning with the murder of O’Toole, reported NBC San Diego. According to the prosecutor, Hill shot O’Toole for allegedly “disrespecting” his girlfriend.
Hill went on a crime spree even after shooting O’Toole. Hill had another (non-lethal) shootout with someone else over a drug argument.
Several days later he was caught for assault.
O’Toole was dropped off at the hospital after being shot, but died several hours later.