Shreveport, LA (KSLA) – A fifteen-year-old cold rape case has finally been solved and the person responsible has been sentenced to life in prison at the Caddo Court on Friday.
Back in 1994, this rape case seemed impossible to solve, but thanks to a Cold Case Grant that the Shreveport Police Department received in 2007, and the advanced DNA testing, the criminal was linked and tried for the horrific crime he committed more than a decade ago.
Harry Richardson,36, who was already in prison serving an 18-year-sentence for another crime he committed, raped an 83 year-old woman who was also later robbed by two other men. She ran outside of her home in the 200 block of West 69th Street and got a neighbor's help. A rape kit was performed and evidence was preserved until the DNA breakthrough came into play and police were able to open another case that linked the criminal's DNA to his victim's home in the Cedar Grove neighborhood. No suspects were arrested at that time and the victim has since died.
On Friday, the victim's family saw the attacker face justice, and now Richardson faces life in prison for a crime that almost went unsolved.
The Cold Case Grant helped to crack this case. More than a 250-thousand dollar grant was given to the City of Shreveport in 2005 which helps pay for cold case investigations that includes DNA testing through the Louisiana Crime Lab and overtime hours for investigators.