This comes from reporter Rod Leveque:
POMONA — A serial killer already on death row for the slayings of six women pleaded guilty on Friday to two additional murders.
Ivan J. Hill admitted to the 1986 and 1987 strangulations of Lorna Patricia Reed and Rhonda Rene Jackson. The convictions bring Hill’s known body-count to nine.
“You have left holes in lives that can never be closed,” Jackson’s mother, Jacqueline Shaheed told Hill during a hearing Friday in Pomona Superior Court. “You are an evil, evil person.”
Reed, 35, was found dead in an open field near Bonelli Park in San Dimas on Feb 11, 1986. She was partially clothed, and had a rope wrapped four times around her neck.
Jackson, 23, was found in a trash bin in a parking lot of Palomares Park in Pomona on Feb. 27, 1987. She was nude and appeared to have been strangled with her sweat pants.
Hill, 48, roamed the eastern San Gabriel Valley in the 1980s and 1990s strangling women, mostly prostitutes, and dumping their bodies in public places such as parks and parking lots. Many of the bodies were found in cities along the 60 Freeway between Ontario and Industry, earning Hill the nickname of “60 Slayer.”
Investigators linked Hill to the killings through DNA more than a decade later.
In 2007, Hill was convicted and sentenced to death for strangling six women over a three-month span in 1993 and 1994.
Those were the murders of Roxanne Bates of Montclair, Betty Sue Harris of Pomona, Helen Ruth Hill of West Covina, Donna Goldsmith of Pomona, Cheryl Sayers of Ontario and Debra Brown of Los Angeles.
Prosecutors knew about the two additional murders at the time, but did not charge Hill with them because evidence was still being gathered.
It was only late last year, after Hill had already received the death penalty for the other crimes, that prosecutors brought the new charges.
“It was the right thing to do for the victims’ families,” Deputy District Attorney John Monaghan said.
Hill admitted on Friday to two counts of first-degree murder, along with a special circumstance of having a prior murder conviction.
After accepting Hill’s guilty plea on Friday, Judge Charles Horan sentenced Hill to an additional term of life in prison without possibility of parole.
Horan allowed relatives of the two victims to address Hill during the hearing.
Reed’s daughter, Tampatha Reed, calmly told the judge that no punishment was severe enough for Hill.
Shaheed grew angry as she spoke. She wished Hill a life of agony, and told him she resented that the public would have to pay to care for him in prison.
“It is unfair to us that we have to take care of your rotten soul,” she said. “I pray that your life is short.”
Monaghan said Hill is not a suspect in any additional murders.
Hill’s attorney, Jennifer Friedman, said Hill would appeal. Friedman declined to comment further immediately after the hearing.
Hill has a long rap sheet, which includes a 1979 murder conviction for his role in the shooting death of a Glendora liquor store clerk during a robbery.
Above: File photo of Ivan Hill