A Henrico County man who left the mother of his two children bleeding from gunshot wounds and then ran over her with her car will serve 26 years in prison.
Corenzo Hill, 31, of the 3700 block of Conway Street, entered a no-contest plea Tuesday morning in Richmond Circuit Court to second-degree murder as part of an agreement that resolves a brutal murder preceded by issues of domestic violence. Hill had been indicted on first-degree murder, abduction and firearms charges and faced a life sentence.
The task of raising the children has fallen on the grandparents; they were in Richmond Circuit Court on Tuesday to see what would happen to the man who killed their daughter — shot her six times with a .380 caliber handgun and ran her over with her own car.
Richmond police found her in a ditch alongside Richmond-Henrico Turnpike on a freezing Dec. 29 morning last year.
She was pronounced dead at VCU Medical Center at 6:30 a.m., an hour after the discovery.
Sheena R. Green, 26, who had graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Hanover County in 2005, had named one of her children after the father, the man who killed her. Little Corenzo Green was called “Day-Day.”
“It didn’t last long and what he said about being sorry didn’t amount to much,” Sheena Green’s father, Sherwood Green, said after the court hearing where he watched Hill enter a no contest plea.
Sherwood Green and his wife, Otelia, go to the Belmont Cemetery in Doswell often to leave flowers at the grave. “We’re still trying to save up for a stone,” Sherwood Green said.
So they are trying to raise little Corenzo and the boy’s sister Kanajah. And they are beginning the process of changing the son’s name.
In court on Tuesday, Richmond prosecutors Mary E. Langer and Kelli Burnett credited the heroics of a friend of Green’s who was able to take control of the car used in the crime, leaving Hill, 31, alone beside the roadway and her dying friend in the ditch. The friend found a police officer and an all-day search for Hill ensued. Green was taken to the hospital.
Hill had picked up Green at his mother’s house and apparently shot Green in the arm; he then took the car with Green and the friend inside and said he was going to the hospital. Instead, he stopped in the area of the 2700 block of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike, shot Green five more times and ran her over with the car. The friend was able to take the wheel and escape.
Hill was arrested later that night.
On Tuesday night, Sherwood Green recalled how he and his wife knew this day would come. “Sheena knew she was going to die, that he would kill her,” Sherwood Green said. “She warned us to be ready to raise the children so that’s what we are doing.”
Burnett said that Hill had prior convictions in Henrico County for grand larceny and in Hanover County in 2003 for a drug charge.
Sherwood Green still remembers a time in Caroline County in which he said Hill showed up with a shotgun and confronted him. Hill was charged with multiple firearm counts as well as burglary, but he received a suspended sentence and the firearms charges were not prosecuted, according to court records.
Court records in Richmond also show that Sheena Green sought a protective order against Hill in the days before she died and that he was threatening to kill her. But she didn’t follow up with a later hearing and the case for a permanent order was dismissed.
“She was taking steps to try to protect herself,” Burnett said.
In Doswell, where Sheena Green’s father and mother live, there’s still hope for a tombstone someday and the knowledge that the name Corenzo will cease to exist within the family.
“Sheena just loved children,” Sherwood Green said. “That was what she was about. Loving her children.”
But she also loved Corenzo Hill, Sherwood Green said, and he can’t understand why.