Life in Prison for Man Who Strangled Shaker Hts. Woman

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CLEVELAND-- A 22-year-old former Maple Heights man will never be getting out of prison.

Life in prison without parole plus 100 years to life was the sentence given to William Hammons this afternoon.

Hammons was sentenced Monday for the May 2012 murder of a Shaker Heights woman.

Prior to sentencing, Hammons turned to the family and said he was sorry and remorseful for his actions.

But 50 friends and family members of Sharon Anderson-Norfus packed the courtroom all wanting Hammons to receive the maximum penalty.

Several of her friends spoke prior to sentencing, saying they have been robbed of a wonderful, kind person, who worked as a makeup artist at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beachwood.

Police said Hammons attacked and killed Anderson-Norfus inside her Oliver House apartment on May 4, 2012.

Hammons' attorney told the court that his client has no family support and was abused as a child.

The murder happened just a year after Hammons was released from state prison after serving 12 months on an attempted robbery charge.

Prosecutors said the motive for the murder was money; that Hammons wanted cash to buy tennis shoes, which he purchased shortly after the murder.

The judge said Hammons had an extensive juvenile record and continued to break rules even when in prison.

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