Inmate serving 247 to life for San Diego murder dies in prison attack

Joseph Hill was arrested in 2013. Courtesy of News8

A man serving a prison sentence of nearly 250 years to life for fatally shooting a Linda Vista man was killed in Pelican Bay State Prison last week, allegedly by two fellow prisoners.

jose hill, 53, died Thursday afternoon after state prison officials said two inmates attacked him in the prison yard. Hill was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead about two hours after the attack, according to the state.

Officials of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation He did not elaborate on the nature of the attack, but said officers recovered an “inmate-made weapon” during their investigation.

Hill was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015 for shooting 47-year-old Sean O’Toole in the victim’s backyard.

At trial, prosecutors said Hill killed O’Toole on December 29, 2013 because he felt the victim had disrespected his girlfriend, while Hill’s defense attorney said the shooting was in self-defense.

Hill was also convicted of attempted murder for shooting and wounding another man at a La Jolla motel a few hours after O’Toole’s death. Prosecutors alleged that the man was shot over a $200 drug debt.

Hill was arrested the next day after a shootout with police in Point Loma.

At his 2015 sentencing hearing, Assistant District Attorney Joe McLaughlin said Hill had shown little remorse for the murder, to which Hill testified in open court: “No remorse… not a little. No regrets.”

The City News Service contributed to this article.

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