How this man was able to get a deal like this is mind blowing. Not only did he rape the victim, but he stabbed her to death. In most other states, that would have been enough to put this man to death… which is what he deserves! Holly Andrews didn’t deserve to die the way she did. This man is a cold hearted killer and him being able to have the chance to walk free amongst all of us is just disgraceful. This man should be spending the rest of his life rotting behind bars.
VIA| This is one of the oldest cold cases to be solved in Colorado and it was done with new DNA technology. This guy almost never answered for what he did to that poor girl. Frankly, he should be put to death for this or at the very least, never see daylight again. He pleaded guilty and accepted a sentence that was called a “blue-light special day at the plea-bargain mart.”
GEORGETOWN — Nearly 33 years after the battered body of 16-year-old Holly Andrews was found on a mountainside, her killer stood in court Tuesday afternoon, his wrists and ankles shackled, and uttered the word her family thought would forever be unspoken: “Guilty.”
Ricky Lee Harnish, now 54 years old, is expected to face between 10 and 24 years in prison for raping and stabbing Andrews the day after Christmas 1976, in one of the oldest cold cases in Colorado to be solved with DNA technology.
The plea came after a last-minute agreement days before jury selection was to begin in what was expected to be a three-week trial.
“It’s like they just caught him again,” said Holly’s brother, Dave Andrews, who was wrestling with his emotions. “I’m 60-40 on this plea bargain. Sixty percent of me is glad. Forty percent of me wishes this had gone to trial.”
Harnish, dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit and wearing blue slip-on sneakers and glasses, agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. He also agreed to give an “honest and truthful accounting of details” of the rape and murder of Holly Andrews.
This man should never have the chance to see the light of day. Do you think justice was served in this case?