Life in prison for Kraft double killer


The wo­man who shot and killed two Kraft Foods co-work­ers in 2010 was sen­tenced to two con­sec­ut­ive life pris­on terms.

Yvonne Hiller, 45, was con­victed of two counts of first-de­gree murder on Sept. 10. On Monday, Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Ben­jamin Lern­er im­posed sen­tence on the former Cres­centville res­id­ent, who likely will spend the rest of her life be­hind bars.

The dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice agreed not to seek the death pen­alty after Hiller dropped an in­san­ity de­fense and waived her right to a tri­al by jury. In­stead, she left her fate in Lern­er’s hands.

Hiller shot and killed Tan­ya Wilson, 47, of the 3800 block of N. Frank­lin St., and LaTonya Brown, 36, of the 1100 block of W. Pop­lar St., dur­ing an even­ing shift in the Kraft plant at Roosevelt Boulevard and By­berry Road on Sept. 9, 2010.

She also wounded Bry­ant Dalton, 39, of the 5200 block of Ker­shaw St., in the neck and shoulder.

The at­tack stemmed from Hiller’s be­lief that her co-work­ers had been spray­ing her with harm­ful chem­ic­al sub­stances or “deer ur­ine,” ac­cord­ing to pri­or testi­mony in the case.

On the night of the shoot­ings, Hiller con­fron­ted Dalton and Brown about the sus­pec­ted con­tam­in­a­tion. Su­per­visors soon got in­volved and, even­tu­ally, the su­per­visors sus­pen­ded Hiller from her job in the fa­cil­ity’s mix­ing de­part­ment, where they make pop­u­lar Nabisco-brand treats like Or­eo and Lor­na Doone cook­ies.

In-house se­cur­ity of­ficers es­cor­ted Hiller from the premises, but she went to her car and re­trieved her .357-caliber Mag­num, which she was li­censed to carry, ac­cord­ing to pri­or testi­mony. Hiller forced her way past a guarded gate and in­to the build­ing, where she cornered her rivals in an em­ploy­ee break room and opened fire. ••End­Frag­ment 

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