Convicted Strangler to be Sentenced

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(William Hammons)

(William Hammons)

(William Hammons)

CLEVELAND – Though his guilty plea will likely mean avoiding the death penalty, a 22-year-old man could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Sentencing for William Hammons, of Maple Heights, was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

On May 4, 2012, Hammons used a key fob to get into Sharon Anderson-Norfus’ Shaker Heights apartment building on Warrensville Center Road.

He sexually assaulted the 60-year-old inside her unit and demanded her ATM card and PIN.

Though Anderson-Norfus fought to get away, Hammons strangled her.

Hammons pleaded guilty to several charges including aggravated murder, rape, and aggravated robbery.

He has already served 12 months behind bars on an unrelated attempted robbery charge and Shaker Heights Police Chief D. Scott Lee said Hammons also had a criminal record as a juvenile.

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