CLEVELAND -- The man who admitted to raping and killing 14-year-old Gloria Pointer on her way to school in 1984 was sentenced Friday.
A three judge panel accepted Hernandez Warren's plea agreement this morning.
As part of the agreement, Warren pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated murder and rape. On the aggravated rape charge, he was sentenced to life in prison with the eligibility for parole in 30 years. 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.
The teen's mother, Yvonne Pointer, plans to speak in court, but first she appeared on Fox 8 News in the Morning.
The biggest question was what will she say?
“I think it’s important for people to hear about when (Gloria) was alive and all of the amazing things that have transpired as a result of her being alive, not dying,” Pointer said, noting there has been too much emphasis on Warren and the way in which Gloria died.
A scholarship in Gloria's name and a school in Ghana are two examples of her legacy.
Pointer also said she never doubted this day would come.
"When you talk about faith and prayer and believing in God you don’t run half the marathon, the ultimate goal is to get to the end, but I didn’t know it was going to take 30 years," Pointer told Wayne Dawson and Kristi Capel.
Since her daughter's death, Pointer has counseled families victimized by violence and visits prison inmates.
She said she forgave Warren a long time ago, even before she knew who he was.
"I don’t see like, oh, this horrible person," Pointer said of her daughter's killer. "I see this person that evidently needs to know that there’s a place at peace even for him."