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QUESTION: I know there was a conviction for the murder of 14-year-old Kimberly Hill, who was killed the summer of 1992. Her body was found on White Rock Road, I believe. What happened to the man convicted of killing her?
Submitted by: Jamie, Sacramento
ANSWER: Shane Alan Schmitt was convicted of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of Kimberly Hill.
Hill's body was found off White Rock Road near Sunrise Boulevard on Aug. 26, 1992.
According to stories in The Bee, Schmitt, then 19, and Hill, 14, were described as friends. Hill had gone out with Schmitt late that evening without her parents' permission.
Evidence presented during the trial indicated that Schmitt, who had just been dumped by his girlfriend, took out his rage on Hill, who resembled her.
The prosecutor sought the death penalty, citing the brutality of the slaying. But two juries were unable to decide whether Schmitt should live or die. As a result, he received an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole.
Now 40 years old, he is at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi.
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