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Convicted killer to spend decades behind bars for mother's death in Utica

A jury found Tasheonia Hills guilty of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon back in December.

Posted: Feb 11, 2019 11:03 AM
Updated: Feb 11, 2019 5:56 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Utica woman, who was found guilty for stabbing her mother to death, appeared in court Monday for her sentencing.

Tasheonia Hills was sentenced to 22 years to life for her murder charge, and 1 year for criminal possession of a weapon.

Hills stood in front of a judge to receive her sentencing, but not only did she have to face a judge, she had to face her family as well.

Several family members of Hills addressed her in court and gave a victim impact statement.

"I never thought that I would have to bury my daughter like this," said Jean Williams, Hills' grandmother.

Many family members asked the judge not to give hills a heavy sentence because they feel she ultimately needs to be in a mental facility.

The family also addressed hills to tell her how the murder has impacted their family.

“I do believe that she will remember everyday of her life that she took her mother away from her brother, her father, her sister, her cousins, her aunts, and uncles, and we all have to forgive,” said Williams.

Hills was found guilty of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in December.

The Oneida County District Attorney's office feels the sentence is fair. They released a statement saying:

"Today's sentencing marks the conclusion of a tragic case … Our only hope now is that the sentence imposed today provides some measure of closure or the community and, in particular, the friends and family of Irene Williams."

Hills can file an appeal to the sentencing within the next 30 days.

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