I wrote about the April Pennington murder case a few times before. She was fifteen when she vanished from Connecticut in 1996; she sneaked out the window in the middle of the night to spend some time with a friend, and never came back. In April 2008, George Leniart was charged with her rape and murder.
Leniart has now been convicted. His defense pointed out that most of the witnesses against him were prison snitches with something to gain, and there was no physical evidence of a crime. But the circumstances — and Leniart’s history of sex crimes, including a rape that was very similar to how he supposedly killed April — were damning. He will serve life in prison without parole. This is apparently the first time in Connecticut history that a person was convicted of murder without a body or any physical evidence.