Ricky Lee Harnish, who sexually assaulted and killed 16-year-old Holly Marie Andrews in 1976, was sentenced to 24 years in prison this afternoon during a dramatic hearing in Georgetown.
Harnish, 54, received the maximum term in a negotiated plea with prosecutors in exchange for information about the murder.
During the hearing, Harnish apologized to Andrews' family in a brief and tearful statement.
"Thirty-two years ago I did the unthinkable," he said. "I took a young life, the life of Holly Marie Andrews. "Today justice will be served and hopefully it (brings) the long-awaited closure for her family."
Andrews' sobbing family members told 5th Judicial District Judge Russell H. Granger that 24 years is not enough time for the crime because they waited nearly 33 years to get justice.
"There is no trial," said Andrews' older brother, Dave Andrews. "There is no truth. We already knew he raped her from the DNA. What we don't know about is the seven hours he had Holly before he killed her."
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