Former Cape Girardeau man pleads guilty to charges for crimes over 30 years old | Crime
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A former Cape Girardeau man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of rape and robbery from incidents that occurred around 30 years ago.
Charles O'Howell, 50, pleaded guilty to first degree robbery and forcible rape or attempted forcible rape.
According to the Assistant Prosecutor of Cape Girardeau County Jack Koester, O'Howell was arrested and convicted in the kidnapping and rape of a 15-year-old girl in 1982. He was sentenced to 55 years in NE Correctional Facility in Bowling Green, Mo. During that time, Koester says O'Howell gave a DNA sample.
Koester says Jimmy Smith with the Cape Girardeau Police Department looked back on an old rape case from Nov. 15, 1981. He says a DNA sample was preserved for the 1981 rape case and Smith compared it to a sample of O'Howell's DNA.
Cape Girardeau officers visited O'Howell in Bowling Green in 2010 with the results of the DNA they had in relation to the cold case. Koester says O'Howell admitted to raping a 30-year-old woman on Nov. 15, 1981. He admitted to knocking on the door of a home in Cape Girardeau and when a woman opened the door, he asked to borrow her phone. Koester says O'Howell admitted to walking into the home, showing a knife, then raping her.
According to Koester, while police were questioning O'Howell about the 1981 case, he also confessed that he robbed a woman in 1982. He told police he walked up to a home in Cape Girardeau and opened the door. He admitted to police he saw a woman inside, showed her a gun and stole some money.
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, O'Howell pleaded guilty to both the robbery charge in 1982 and the rape charge in 1981. He was sentenced to 25 years on the rape charges to be served consecutively to the 55-year sentence he is currently serving. He will serve 10 years concurrently for the robbery charge.
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