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.
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.
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