“SALISBURY (MD) — A Fruitland man was sentenced to life without parole for the murder of a Salisbury woman Friday.
William Hill, 24, was found guilty for the murder of Whitney Bennett on April 24.
Bennett’s body was found April 1, 2011, in a trash bag, buried on property owned by Hill’s family. Bennett had been missing since December 2010, and Hill was the last person to see Bennett alive….
Maciarello said it was important for …Judge Jackson III to take into consideration Hill’s previous charges in sentencing. He described Hill as “violent and a threat to men, women and children in this county.”
“This defendant was convicted of child abuse and now murder, all before the age of 25,” Maciarello said…
Hill’s attorney, Chasity Simpson, also read six letters from family and friends on behalf of Hill. The letters described Hill as a “teddy bear,” helpful and intelligent, among other positive qualities.
Simpson also said while Hill was incarcerated, he completed a class on anger management and substance abuse. She also said Hill was only formally educated until the 10th grade, but scored high when he got his GED.
Hill then worked hard his whole life, she said, and Simpson asked the court to have mercy because of his young age…”
Life without parole before the age of 25. An enemy of society…
Why must it be?…
Here’s something to think about: You and I are conceived in our mother’s womb as sinners (Psalm 51:5). At some point in our life we reach an age of accountability where we choose sin. If we continue in sin and die as God’s enemy, we will be sentenced without mercy. Because we are enemies and God is good, He must punish sin.
It is because we are created as eternal souls that we will either experience eternal death or eternal life.
Okay, so if God is good, how can He be loving if He sends people to hell?
This brings John 3:16 to life for us. God’s love for us was so great that He Himself became a man in order to suffer eternal, conscious torment.
He was made to endure the guilt and shame of rejection. He was beaten and spit upon, the crowds jeered at him as He was forced to carry His cross through the streets of Jerusalem. He was mocked and laughed at. With nails driven through His hands and feet, He was hung on a cross, naked, with an accusation of being the Son of God and King of the Jews.
He knew the torment of rejection for declaring Himself to be who He is. He knew the torment of horrific physical pain. He was conscious through it all. When He was offered gall to dull the pain, He refused because He had to be conscious, He had to be aware in order to take my place and yours. Since that it is what we deserved, He must bear it consciously.
He knew the torment of separation from God, His Father.
When the eternal Son is separated from the Eternal Father, it is an experience of eternal separation. He is and ever will be the only man in heaven with unhealed wounds. He will bear the marks and the experience of physical and spiritual separation throughout eternity.
On the cross, He became sin for us. This means that He fulfilled the experience of eternal conscious torment that each one of us deserves.
If someone cares enough for you to take your place, shouldn’t that person be heard? Today if you will hear His voice, do not harden your heart…
“If we confess Him as Lord, if we believe in our heart that God has raised Him from the dead, we shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9)