A Rhode Island man whose conviction in the killing and sexual assault of an 85-year-old great-grandmother in 1990 was overturned by the state Supreme Court has pleaded no contest and avoided a second trial.
Under terms of a plea deal, 62-year-old David Roscoe, of Westerly, pleaded no contest Wednesday to second-degree murder in the beating death of Germaine Mouchon, killed in her West Warwick home in 1990. He was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.
The killing went unsolved until Roscoe was linked to the case in 2015 through sophisticated DNA testing. He was convicted in 2016 of murder and first-degree sexual assault.
The Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned the verdict in January, saying the prosecution had made “inappropriate” comments during closing s.
Roscoe apologized to Mouchon’s family in court Wednesday.