Rapist sentenced to prison after DNA matches 20-year-old rape kit

Victim confronts rapist in courtroom

Cleveland - A Cleveland woman confronted the man whose DNA matched a 20 year-old rape kit that resulted in his conviction and prison sentence.

Victor Hill, 38, received 10 to 25 years in prison for rape after successfully being prosecuted by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office Cold Case Unit.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification matched Hill's DNA to a rape kit as part of an ongoing Sexual Assault Initiative Program operated by the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

Cassandra Gregory courageously stood in a Cuyahoga County courtroom and addressed her attacker face-to-face.

"Today is the day I break free," said Gregory, describing 20 years of living in fear and distrust.

Gregory was raped while on her way home from work on September 24, 1993 as she crossed 116th Street near John Adams High School.

So far, more than 7,000 rape kits have been turned over for testing by police departments across Ohio, resulting in 13,000 rapists being identified.

Gregory said she lived her live "in a cocoon" since the attack.

"That night alone has haunted me for a long time--not knowing what you looked like, not knowing if you'd come up behind me one day and I'd not know."


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