CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Hernandez Warren has pleaded guilty to the murder and rape of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer.
As part of a plea agreement, Hernandez pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated murder and rape in the case on Wednesday. He could serve 30 years to a life sentence on the murder charge and 10 to 25 years on the rape charge.
He had been facing the death penalty.
When asked in court how he felt and if he agreed to a change in plea, Warren said "I feel sad," and shed tears.
He also read an apology letter to Pointer's mother, Yvonne.
"I cannot express the depth of pain and sorrow I've caused you and your family," said Warren. "I can't ask for forgiveness because I do not deserve it."
But reaction from the family was mixed.
Gloria’s brother, Raymond, said, “I cannot forgive him. I hope he begs for his mother just like she begged for hers.”
Yvonne Pointer said she thought Warren was being sincere but that doesn’t bring back her beautiful daughter.
She no longer wants to think about him or how Gloria died.
“As a matter of fact,” said Yvonne, “While we are here in this courtroom in Cleveland in Ghana, West Africa a school is being built in her name. I don’t think about how she died. I think about all of the people who have lived because she’s lived.”
Warren previously had pleaded not guilty in the case.
Warren is accused of killing and raping Pointer, 14, in 1984. Pointer disappeared on her way to school on Dec. 6, 1984. Last May, a new look at old DNA evidence linked her death to Warren.
According to prosecutors, statements made by Warren admitting to the murder were recorded. A judge ruled earlier this month to allow the recordings as evidence in court.
Wednesday's pretrial was requested by Warren. It will continue Friday morning at 10 a.m.
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