ST. LOUIS – AN old Missouri death row inmate whose conviction in a 1991 rape and killing of the two sisters was overturned has pleaded guilty to murdering them and is re-sentenced to a life behind bars.
Reginald Clemons, who spent 22 years on death row, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of second-degree murder and other crimes. His plea agreement calls for him to serve five consecutive life sentences.
The Missouri Supreme court in 2015 dismissed Clemons’ conviction after finding that prosecutors suppressed evidence that the police had beaten a confession out of him.
Clemons was among four men sentenced to the death of the 20-year-old Julie Kerry and her 19-year-old sister, Robin. The authorities say that the sisters were raped and pushed from the old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis.