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Man convicted in Veteran's Day slaying of World War II veteran

November 1, 2011 |  5:29 pm

Curtis Hill booking photoA Huntington Beach man charged with fatally beating a 77-year-old World War II veteran during a robbery on Veteran's Day was convicted Tuesday of murder.

Curtis James Hill, 29, beat Cecil Warren so badly that he was in a coma for more than three years after the 2003 attack in Huntington Beach, the Orange County district attorney's office said. Warren was removed from life support in 2007.

At the time of the beating, Warren was working as a handyman and was cleaning a bank parking lot, prosecutors said.

Hill and another man, John Kirk McKinney, 29, were charged with kicking Warren in the head, robbing him of his wallet and leaving him bleeding in the parking lot.

McKinney is charged with murder and is awaiting trial, prosecutors said. Hill is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 16 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. He faces up to life in state prison without the possibility of parole.


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Photo: Curtis James Hill. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office