NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former animal research technician has pleaded guilty to murder and attempted sexual assault in the 2009 killing of a Yale University graduate student.

Raymond Clark III entered the plea Thursday under an agreement with prosecutors that calls for a 44-year sentence.

He was accused of strangling 24-year-old Annie Le of Placerville, in a case that drew intense national media attention to the Ivy League university.

Le’s body was found stuffed behind a research lab wall on Sept. 13, 2009, five days after she was last seen inside the Yale medical building. It would have been her wedding day in New York.

The 26-year-old Clark had been charged with murder and felony murder, each carrying a possible sentence of 25 to 60 years.

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Comments (2)
  1. Sundance says:

    I don’t understand what they mean by “murder and felony murder,” After all, aren’t all murders a felony? But no matter what, 44 years is not enough for taking the life of an innocent young woman. He should be put to death.

  2. Burton Gunther says:

    Why aren’t the racists ranting about the race of this killer the way they went ballistic about KCBS’s lack of race identification in the recent McDonalds killing in San Jose? Perhaps because this killer is white ?
    Killers, thugs and other criminal misfits come in all types. Not just brown or dark brown skin. They also come in white skin.

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