Gloria Pointer’s Killer Sentenced 30 Years Later

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(Hernandez Warren during his sentencing on May 23, 2014)

(Hernandez Warren during his sentencing on May 23, 2014)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A three judge panel on Friday accepted a plea agreement that would bring the decades old Gloria Pointer case to an end.

Pointer was raped and killed on the east side of Cleveland on her way to school in 1984.  She was 14 at the time.

Last May, a new look at old DNA evidence linked Hernandez Warren to the crime.

As part of the agreement, Warren pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated murder and rape.  The death penalty was taken off the table.

On the aggravated murder charge, the judges imposed a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving a full thirty years.

Gloria Pointer

Gloria Pointer

For the rape charge, Warren was ordered to serve a definite term of 10 years up to a discretionary 25 years to run concurrent to the aggravated murder sentence.

Warren previously had pleaded not guilty in the case.

When given the opportunity to speak, Gloria's mother, Yvonne Pointer, read a poem from her daughter's perspective.

“Was I bad?  Did I deserve to die that way?” it said in part.

Yvonne Pointer also reminded everyone Gloria has inspired a scholarship fund, a basketball league for kids, and a school in Africa.

Warren did not make a formal statement, but his attorney said his client had rehabilitated himself since the 1984 rape and murder.

The junior member of judges panel said in his short time on the bench he has come to see there is pure evil in the world.  He called Warren the personification of that evil.

Scroll down for additional updates from court.

 

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:18 am

Judges accept plea agreement in Gloria Pointer case.

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:19 am

Gloria Pointer’s uncle, Raymond Pointer, says there is no closure.

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:21 am

Raymond Pointer says Hernandez Warren does not deserve to walk the streets.  “What did he do this for?”

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:21 am

Raymond Pointer to his niece’s killer:  “I’ll forgive you when you’re dead.  I’ll be drinking champagne at your funeral.”

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:23 am

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:23 am

Gloria Pointer’s mother, Yvonne Pointer, speaks to the court.

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:24 am

Yvonne Pointer reads poem from the perspective of her daughter.  “Was I bad?  Did I deserve to die that way?”

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:26 am

Who is Gloria Pointer now? Yvonne Pointer asks.  Says she is the catalyst behind a scholarship fund, a basketball league for kids, and a school in Africa where children are clothed and educated in her name.

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:27 am

Yvonne Pointer reads Bible passages.  Closes with, “May the Lord have mercy on your soul.”

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:29 am

Attorney says State of Ohio is satisfied with the court’s verdict, thanks judges for the deliberation.

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:30 am

Hernandez Warren’s attorney says Warren has changed since 1984 and has rehabilitated himself.

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:30 am

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:39 am

Judge says the goal of justice is to make sure
most of the people involved leave the courthouse satisfied.

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:42 am

Judge commends both sides on plea agreement, says it removes Hernandez Warren from society while sparing the Pointer family from years of appeals.

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:45 am

Junior member of judges panel says in his short time on the bench he has come to see there is pure evil in this world.  Calls Hernandez Warren the personification of that evil.

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:52 am

On the aggravated murder charge, Hernandez Warren was sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility for parole after serving a full 30 years. 

Jessica Dabrowski May 23, 201410:52 am

For rape, Warren was sentenced to a definite term of 10 years up to a discretionary 25 years to run concurrent to the aggravated murder sentence.