Helene Pruszynski was a 21-year-old intern at a Denver radio station when she was killed whereas strolling house from the bus after work on January 16, 1980. She was kidnapped, raped and stabbed in the again 9 occasions and her physique was present in a area the following day, the Denver Post reported. For almost 40 years, her household suffered as legislation enforcement had no leads on the case.
Finally, in 2019, James Clanton was recognized as the suspect after DNA from the crime scene was matched to him by means of family tree websites. According to the Post, Clanton was arrested in December 2019 and pleaded responsible to the homicide in February 2020, 40 years after Pruszynski’s dying.
Where is James Clanton right now? Is he nonetheless in jail?
Clanton Pleaded Guilty & Was Sentenced to Life in Prison in July 2020 With the Possibility of Parole
Clanton pleaded responsible to Pruszynski’s homicide in February 2020. He instructed investigators that he’d kidnapped Pruszynski at knife-point, tied her palms behind her again and introduced her to the area the place her physique was discovered the following day, the Denver Post reported.
As a part of Clanton’s determination to plead responsible, he averted the dying penalty and was sentenced to life with the risk of parole. He was not charged with rape as the statute of limitations had expired.
Douglas County Judge Theresa Slade instructed Clanton throughout sentencing, “There was a poem that Helene wrote that was learn by considered one of her pals, and it stated, ‘Let us stay right now with each hopeful promise of tomorrow.’ And Mr. Clanton, you get to maintain having that. How you face that’s as much as you.”
According to public records with the Colorado Department of Corrections, the 63-year-old Clanton is sentenced to life with parole, along with his estimated parole eligibility date arising in 20 years, in December 2039. He is serving his sentence in Bent County Correctional Facility, a non-public medium-security jail.
Clanton Was Arrested in 2019 After Crime Scene DNA Was Uploaded to Genealogy Sites & He Confessed to Law Enforcement
Clanton was lastly recognized and caught when investigators used DNA from the crime scene to look family tree websites for a match or a relative of the suspect, starting in 2017. Clanton was finally recognized as a possible suspect and investigators traveled to Florida, the place Clanton was residing and dealing as a truck driver. Clanton, who was beforehand often called Curtis Allen White, had moved to Florida and altered his identify two years after the homicide, 9News reported.
A DNA pattern was taken from Clanton’s beer glass at a bar and was matched to the crime scene DNA, Wicked Local reported. Clanton was then arrested in December 2019 and extradited to Colorado two days later. As viewers can see in the above video, Clanton started confessing his crime to investigators on the option to the airport.
Daniel Cunny, Clanton’s lawyer, instructed the court docket at the sentencing listening to that his consumer was remorseful over the killing. He stated since Clanton grew to become a father to a daughter, he is felt rising guilt and prayed for Pruszynski, Milford Daily News wrote. Clanton determined to plead responsible to offer Pruszynski’s household closure, Cunny added. There is not any publicly obtainable info regarding Clanton’s household and daughter, and whether or not they nonetheless stay in Florida.