Man pleads guilty to Colorado murder from the 1970's

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email
A man has pleaded guilty to raping and stabbing a 16-year-old girl in 1976 in a plea deal that requires him to give an "honest and truthful" account of what happened to her.

Ricky Lee Harnish --- arrested in the 1976 rape and murder of Holly Andrews

GEORGETOWN, COLO. (AP) _ A man has pleaded guilty to raping and stabbing a 16-year-old girl in 1976 in a plea deal that requires him to give an "honest and truthful" account of what happened to her.

Ricky Lee Harnish, now 54, pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of Holly Andews, whose body was found near Bakerville in Clear Creek County.

A plea agreement says he will face at most 24 years in prison if prosecutors are satisfied with his confession.

Otherwise, he could face 50 years in prison.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 30.

Harnish was linked to the case after a felony drug conviction in 2005.

A state law required him to submit to a DNA test was flagged as matching material collected from Andrews' body.
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