Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sad Closure Expected Due To Rapist's Cooperation

This story out of Lowell, Florida takes my breath away with this man's brutality.

A man serving 50 years in prison for a 1993 Alachua County rape and burglary case has agreed to go to Michigan to help police locate the body of his 13-year-old stepdaughter Kelly Harris, who has been missing since 1984. Leonard Hugall, 56, is an inmate at Marion Correctional Institution in Lowell. In 2006 he confessed to the rape and murder of Kelly.

Even though this girl's mother now has the answer about what happened to her daughter, and may soon have her daughter's remains, this must be heartbreaking for her and everyone who knew this girl whose life was ended so brutally.

The Florida crime he was convicted of committing involved the rape of a woman he knew and the sexual assault of that woman's 5-year-old daughter. He asked to use their bathroom and then came out with his gun drawn. Stealing the woman's car was the least of his crimes.

I hope that between this confession and the current prison sentence (about 36 years remaining) that this man never gets out of prison. Being old doesn't automatically mean that a man is no longer dangerous -- especially not when someone commits crime for pleasure.

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