On July 8th, 2008, a 32-year-old woman was walking home in the early morning hours when she was attacked near 14th Avenue and Decatur Street in West Denver. Raped, strangled and left for dead, the young woman miraculously survived this traumatic ordeal. Two years would go by before a suspect was in custody.
In 2011, Manuel McGee was apprehended on an unrelated car theft charge. After his arrest, police took a sample of the suspect’s DNA. When the suspect’s DNA was placed into CODIS, investigators got a match.
McGee’s DNA directly connected him to the sexual assault in 2008. With irrefutable evidence against him, McGee’s defense attorney convinced him to plead guilty to first-degree assault in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.