After 20 years, Portland woman confronts her father's killer
PORTLAND, Ore. - Cameo Hill spent two decades praying for justice and the chance to confront her father's killer.
On Friday her prayers were answered in a courtroom.
"I think you are a coward. I do not forgive you and you will reap what you sow. One day God will make sure of that," she told Marvin Lambert, who pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge of manslaughter. He originally faced murder charges.
Hill came to court with her father's memory still on her heart and with her loss still unbearable.
"I can honestly say I don't think I'll ever have the will power to forgive you for what you did to me and my family," she told Lambert.
Hill's words were emotional. She was just 8 years old when her father Brian Hill was shot in the driveway at his North Portland home. Cameo was inside when the shooting happened and ran outside to help her father. But it was too late.
The case went cold. But detectives reopened it in 2010 when improvements to DNA testing technology helped them link a wig left at the scene to Lambert.
Detectives said Lambert admitted that he and another man, who died in prison in 1999, targeted Hill for a robbery the day he was killed.
"I was at the wrong place at the wrong time," Lambert said in court. "I apologize, and I pray you will be able to forgive me."
But Cameo Hill said that forgiveness won't come anytime soon, and that Lambert's 12-year sentence isn't enough for robbing her, as a little girl, of her father.
Detectives think they targeted Brian Hill, because he was a low-level drug dealer.
BELOW: Marvin Lambert is led into court Friday, May 2, 2014. He pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the killing of Brian Hill 20 years ago.