A Pennsylvania DJ pleaded guilty Tuesday to the 1992 rape and murder of a schoolteacher, linked to the crime decades after the fact because of DNA his half-sister submitted to a genealogy database.
The accused, Raymond Charles Rowe, 50, was sentenced to life without parole in the case.
Rowe was charged in June with killing 25-year-old elementary schoolteacher Christy Mirack in her Lancaster apartment, just four days before Christmas 27 years ago.
Prosecutors say she was badly beaten by a wooden cutting board found near her body. She had a broken jaw; an autopsy report revealed wounds on her neck, back, chest and face. The young teacher also appeared to have been strangled using her own sweater.