A 75-year-old man from Springfield, Massachusetts, George Legere, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for a 1984 kidnapping and rape case in Connecticut. The victim was found on April 13, 1984, slumped over the steering wheel of a car, bound and naked, with the horn sounding in Avon, Connecticut. She survived the attack.
The Investigation and Conviction
Legere was linked to the crime through DNA evidence collected from the crime scene in 1984. However, at that time, the state crime lab was unable to identify a suspect. It was only in 2021 that a match was found between the DNA evidence and Legere’s DNA. Legere’s DNA sample had been taken when he was released from a prison sentence in Massachusetts.
He was later charged with first-degree kidnapping by a state jury in Hartford in May. Sexual assault charges could not be filed due to the statute of limitations.
Legere’s Criminal History
Legere is a former Windsor, Connecticut, resident who attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and has a master’s degree in computer science. He has a lengthy criminal record dating back to the 1960s, with more than 30 criminal cases, including convictions for sexual assault, kidnapping, and negligent homicide.
Impact on the Victim and Justice Served
The victim had just arrived at her apartment complex when Legere forced her back into her car, blindfolded her, and bound her arms before driving her to another location where he beat and raped her. While the sexual assault charges were not pursued, the recent sentencing of Legere for kidnapping brings some measure of justice for the victim and closure to the decades-old case.