HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A man once facing the death penalty for the murder and rape of a Roselawn woman in 1982 has a new sentence.
Judge Beth Myers sentenced David Steffen to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Karen Range. He also waived any appellate rights.
While Steffen admitted to killing Range, he maintained that he did not rape Range, although he admitted that he did try according to the Hamilton County Prosecutor's office.
He appealed his case in both state and federal courts. The state courts affirmed his conviction and death sentence but in 2006, the United States District Court granted Steffen's request to remand the case back to state court to challenge the evidence supporting the rape conviction.
Former Hamilton County morgue worker Kenneth Douglas, of Cincinnati, admitted in 2008 that he had sex with Range's body before her autopsy. He was convicted of gross abuse of a corpse and sentenced to 18 months in prison
After years of protracted litigation following the federal court decision concerning the scope of the new hearing, all parties came to an agreement Thursday.
In a statement, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said, "Finally there is some justice for Karen Range and closure for her family. This has been a long time coming. This case has taken many twists and turns but my office never lost sight of the fight for justice for Karen and her family."