Life sentenced recommended in Jackson County death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Jackson County jury has recommended a life sentence for a man who killed a woman and left her body stashed in the stairway of a Kansas City motel.

The jury convicted 36-year-old Christopher Sanders on Thursday of second-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Sherilyn Hill.

Investigators say Hill died in the November 2011 after a night of drinking, smoking and fighting at the Royale Inn in east Kansas City. Her body was found in the stairwell about two weeks after she died.

During the trial, Hill's friends said Sanders beat her before she died. Prosecutors say Sanders strangled Hill with a sheet.

The Kansas City Star reports ( ) Sanders testified that he hit Hill in self-defense after she threatened him and tried to rob him.

Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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