A former Waterloo man has died while serving a life sentence for the murder of a Waterloo teenager eight years ago. David Damm had been serving his sentence at the Pontiac Correctional Center in Illinois, but had been on medical furlough at a Peoria hospital.
According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Damm died early Monday morning at the hospital at the age of 67. In 2006, Donnisha Hill was kidnapped after she got off at the wrong bus stop in Waterloo. She was found dead the next day in Illinois.
Damm had been given the death penalty after being convicted of hiring a hitman to kidnap and kill the teenager, to try and cover up allegations of sexual abuse.
Damm’s sentence was commuted to life in prison after Illinois threw out the death penalty three years ago.
(Reporting by Scott Fenzloff, KCNZ, Cedar Falls)