Massachusetts Man Receives 25-Year Prison Sentence for 1984 Connecticut Kidnapping and Sexual Assault

In a significant development for a horrific crime that took place in Avon, Connecticut in 1984, a 75-year-old man from Springfield, Massachusetts named George Legere has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars. The victim, who was discovered on April 13, 1984, slumped over the steering wheel of her car, naked and bound with the horn blaring, managed to survive the harrowing ordeal.

The investigation into this heinous act took an unexpected turn when DNA evidence collected from the crime scene back in 1984 finally led authorities to Legere. Unfortunately, due to limitations imposed by the statute of limitations, Legere could only be charged with first-degree kidnapping, as sexual assault charges were no longer viable. However, the discovery of a match between the DNA evidence and Legere’s genetic profile, obtained when he was released from a previous prison sentence in Massachusetts, helped secure a conviction.

It is worth noting that Legere has a lengthy criminal history spanning several decades. A former resident of Windsor, Connecticut, he had obtained a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles. However, his academic achievements were marred by more than 30 criminal cases, including convictions for sexual assault, kidnapping, and negligent homicide.

The impact of this traumatic experience on the victim cannot be overstated. Legere forcibly abducted her as she arrived at her apartment complex, blindfolding her, binding her arms, and subjecting her to physical and sexual assault at another location. Though the sexual assault charges were barred by the statute of limitations, the sentencing of Legere for the kidnapping offers some solace to the survivor and marks the resolution of a long-standing case that had haunted her for decades.

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