A former Arkansas police chief convicted of murder has pleaded guilty to a cold case rape from more than 20 years ago.
Former Gateway Police chief Grant Hardin’s DNA sample was entered into a national database after his conviction in the 2017 murder of James Appleton.
That sample then linked him to the to the 1997 kidnapping and rape an elementary school teacher in Rogers, Arkansas.
Amy Harrison said Hardin held her at gunpoint and attacked her.
She now says she wants Hardin to know one thing.
“I am not a victim. I didn’t deserve this. This was you, and you deserve to go to prison,” she said after Hardin’s sentencing.
The Rogers Police chief says if it weren’t for Harrison’s courage to move forward, they would never have been able to get closure.
“Without her strength that day, her willingness to stay with us, to believe in us, we may have lost our way but we didn’t and here we are,” Chief Hayes Minor said.
“Even for me, it was very tempting at the very beginning to say, ‘no, I don’t want anybody to know what happened to me,’ but I went ahead and took the chance. I believe I didn’t deserve that,” Harrison said.
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