CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland man charged with killing a 14-year-old girl in 1984 has pleaded guilty in a deal that avoids a possible death sentence.
Fifty-nine-year-old Hernandez Warren pleaded Wednesday to single counts of aggravated murder and rape. Prosecutors dismissed kidnapping charges.
He'll be sentenced later.
Investigators say DNA evidence linked Warren to the killing of Gloria Pointer, who went missing while walking to school in Cleveland and was found beaten to death. She was supposed to receive a perfect attendance award that day, Dec. 6, 1984.
Authorities say Warren lived in the same neighborhood as the girl. He had previously served time in state prison for rape.
Warren apologized to Gloria's mother, Yvonne, during a court hearing Wednesday.
The girl's mother earlier told The Associated Press that she had forgiven Warren.