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Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 8:58 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 8:58 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man convicted of the brutal beating death of his mother was sentenced this morning to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Ryan Dillon, 26, was found guilty last week of aggravated murder, murder, felony murder, receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence. He was accused of killing 59-year-old Vicky Burks and hiding her body in the cellar of their Moorefield Twp. home.
Dillon was sentenced to life without parole on the aggravated murder charge, three years in prison on the tampering with evidence charge and 18 months in prison on a charge of receiving stolen property. The sentences will run concurrently.
While the murder weapon was never found, prosecutors theorized through forensic testimony that a tee-ball bat was used to severely beat her in the head and hands. The blows fractured her hands and skull, and caused her to lose consciousness well before the assault subsided. The killer then dumped Burks' body down the cellar steps, covered the door with objects and wiped up the blood.