Baisley Park woman sentenced to more than 20 years in sister slay

Lovette Ross Hill is sentenced to 23 years in the murder of her adopted sister and the attack on another woman. Photo by Ellis Kaplan
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A Baisley Park woman was sentenced to 23 years in prison last week after she admitted to stabbing her sister to death during a heated argument inside the apartment they shared in 2011.

Lovette Ross Hill, 39, pleaded guilty last month to stabbing her sister, 59-year-old Sharon Lee Hill, multiple times in the face, body and head during a fight May 11, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Shortly after the fight, Hill left her apartment and ran more than a dozen blocks toward the Allen A.M.E. Church in St. Albans, where she punched, kicked and slapped a 53-year-old woman who was walking home, Brown said.

Hill was arrested after an eyewitness to the street assault identified her to police, Brown said.

In December, Hill admitted to both crimes, pleading guilty to second-degree murder and third-degree assault before Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder, who last week sentenced her to a term of 23 years behind bars.

“Today’s sentencing marks the conclusion of a particularly sad and troubling case in which the defendant admitted killing her own sister, as well as randomly attacking another woman who was simply walking home from work,” Brown said. “The lengthy sentence imposed today is a measure of justice for both victims.”

Hill’s attorney, Michael Siff, said he believed his client did not receive proper attention for serious health problems, which eventually caused her to act out violently.

“From what my investigation showed, she was definitely not medicating as necessary,” he said. “Quite honestly, she’s very intelligent and articulate. Obviously, she has severe mental health issues when she’s not properly medicated.”

“Now when she’s properly medicated she’s very smart and articulate. She’s also a very good writer,” Siff added. “I advised her to follow up on these good things and create some sort of life for herself after she gets out.”

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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