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NY Serial Killer Sentenced to 75 Years

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A New York serial killer who was convicted after he voluntarily gave up a DNA sample has been sentenced to 75 years to life in prison.

Francisco Acevedo was sentenced Tuesday.

He was found guilty in November of killing three women — Kimberly Moore, Tawanda Hodges and Maria Ramos — in Yonkers between 1989 and 1996.

The mother of one of the victims told CBS2′s Lou Young how it felt to recieve the news that her daughter’s murder had finally been solved after nineteen years.

“When John came to my home to tell me they had him I was happy,” said Devone Hodges.

John, is Detective John Geiss, the officer who made the match in a most unlikely way.

“He was locked up for DWI, but his DNA wasn’t taken for that. It was taken because he was applying for parole, and one of the stipulations was that he had to give a DNA sample,” said Geiss.

The 43-year-old Acevedo was not suspected in the murders until 2009, when he was in jail on a drunken driving charge and submitted an application for parole. One condition of the application was a DNA sample.

When his DNA hit the state database, investigators saw that it matched DNA found on all three women.

“This case clearly exemplifies the need for the expansion of New York State’s DNA data base to collect DNA from all convicted criminal defendants who are found guilty of any felony and of penal law misdemeanors,” District Attorney Janet DiFiore said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed expanding the state’s DNA database to include profiles from more criminals, including drunken drivers.


I hate to say it but I agree that anyone convicted crime should be on a DNA data base. I know some people think that it is an invasion of their privacy but I think that you lose the right to deny being put into the data base once you commit a crime.

DNA Exposes Serial Killer

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On Monday Francisco Acevedo, 43,  was found guilty of killing three New York women more than 15 years ago.

He had not ever been a suspect in the murders. The police had looked at over 100 suspects and Acevedo was not one of them.

Maria Ramos, 26, of the Bronx, killed in February 1989;  Tawana Hodges, 28, also of the Bronx, killed in March 1991, and Kimberly Moore, 30, of Greenburgh, was killed in May 1996. Each woman was found strangled, naked, bound at the hands and facing upward.

All of the murders were linked to each other by DNA but there was no sample on record to lead detectives to a suspect.

Then in 2009 Acevedo wanted parole. He was in prison on a drunk driving charge. Part of his optional parole application was a DNA sample. He gave the sample hoping to get out of prison. I am not sure if he was counting on luck, police incompetence or what when he gave that sample. Did he just forget about the 3 woman he killed?  Happily this was not his lucky day.

Acevedo will be sentenced on Jan. 17, 2012.

Thank the Gods that the myth about serial killers all being smart like Hannibal Lecture are NOT true.


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