Man sentenced in beating death of motorist

Posted at 1:21 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 16:50:28-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The man convicted of beating a man to death after a traffic altercation has been sentenced to at least 22 1/2 years in prison.

Christian Hillman, 19, was convicted in June of 2nd degree murder.  Hillman was convicted of beating William McFarlan, 64, to death after an altercation on a road in Alto in September 2016.  Hillman's actual sentence is for between 22 1/2 and 100 years in prison.

The judge said Hillman will not be eligible for parole until after serving his 22 year sentence.  If he had been sentenced to life in prison, he would have been eligible for parole after 15 years.

During the trial, jurors watched a video recorded after Hillman's arrest in which he said he has anger issues and "kind of lost control."