(Cleveland) - As expected, a three judge panel sentenced Hernandez Warren for the 1984 rape and murder of 14 year old Gloria Pointer.

Thirty years ago the Cleveland teenager was raped and fatally beaten while on her way to school.

Earlier this week, Warren pleaded guilty to the crime in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Today, he was handed the punishment of life in prison, with no eligibility of parole for at least 30 years, meaning he is likely to die behind bars.

Gloria Pointer's uncle Raymond Pointer spoke before the sentence was handed down, and said he can't forgive Hernandez Warren for what he did to his niece.

But mother Yvonne Pointer said she does forgive Warren, and now that he's going to put away, she can get back to living a normal life.

Raymond Pointer speaks while defense attorney David Grant listens.

Pointer says the tragedy inspired her to start a prison ministry, and scholarship fund in her daughter's name that has helped dozens of other young people.

Gloria Pointer’s body was found in the stairwell of a building on East 105th Street, just hours after she left for school back in 1984.

On Wednesday, Warren read a statement in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, confessing to the 1984 rape and murder of the 14 year old middle school student. 

Yvonne Pointer and family express relief over the sentence.

Defense attorney David Grant told the court that Warren is truly sorry for his crime, and he hopes by pleaded guilty the Pointer Family will be spared much grief.

Grant explained, after spending 16 years in prison for an unrelated crime, Warren rehabilitated himself, living a model life in the 12 year period between his release, and then the arrest for the Gloria Pointer murder.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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