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David Damm convicted of murdering teenager


Jo Daviess (KWWL) -- A jury convicted David Damm, of Waterloo, on charges he hired someone to kill a 13 year-old Waterloo girl in 2006.

Damm was accused of paying Bruce Burt to kidnap and kill 13-year-old Donnisha Hill of Waterloo and dump her body in rural Jo Daviess County, Illinois in 2006. Hill vanished after getting off her school bus in 2006. Police found her body in Illinois the next day.

"I'm just happy," said Addonis Hill, Donnisha's father, after the verdict. "I don't know how to describe it. I'm very happy. I feel like I'm finally going to get a good night's rest."

"I'm trying to just soak it all in and put it somewhere so I'll know what to do with it," said Laneaka Johnson, Hill's mother. "I want to do a backflip, but these shoes won't let me. I'm so happy."

For Donnisha Hill's parents the wait for the verdict didn't come easy -- but it's the justice they, friends and family have prayed for.

"The prayers. Powerful. That's the most important thing. I felt it all along, and today proved it," said Addonis Hill.

Hill's family says finally -- after nearly two years -- there will be a night of peaceful sleep.

"We're gonna sleep. We're gonna eat. We're going to celebrate. That's what we're going to do."

Hill had accused Damm of sexually abusing her. At trial, prosecutors entered DNA evidence and testimony that Damm knew of the charges and hired Burt to kill Hill as a way to shut her up.

Burt also testified against Damm as part of a plea deal.

"I just think the jury listened to all of the evidence, considered all of the evidence, and came up with a just verdict," said Richard Schwind with the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

While David Damm has been convicted on all three charges, he's not done at the Jo Daviess County Courthouse. Everyone comes back Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. for the beginning of the sentencing process. Damm could face the death penalty, but that will be up to the jury to decide.

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