49 Year Old Cold Case Cracked by Probation Officer

A unnamed Delaware Probation and Parole Officer was set to travel to Arkansas in order to testify in this case. This Officer spent a lengthy time conducting a office session and was able to break Mr. Clay out of his denial and secrecy. This Officer's efforts may have gone unnoticed by some, but certainly not by her co-workers. Congratulations to the unnamed officer on their hard work and doing something no one had been able to do! The story below is the article from the New York Daily Times! "A Delaware man has been sentenced to decades in prison for the murder of an Arkansas man he committed more than 49 years ago. Prosecuting attorney Henry Boyce announced Tuesday James Leon Clay, 69, pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge stemming from the 1967 kidnapping and murder of James Ricks, KAIT reported. Clay’s trial was set to begin Nov. 28, but he instead entered his last-minute plea and was sentenced to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction. “Several witnesses from Delaware were prepared to travel to Arkansas for trial when Clay made his surprising announcement. Mr. Ricks’ surviving family members have consented to this plea agreement,” Boyce said in a press release. “It’s an extremely rare day that we have the opportunity to close a case this cold. I’m happy we were able to give Mr. Rick’s family closure after such a long time.” Nearly 50 years ago, Rick’s skeletal remains were found on a farm near Newport by a father and his son enjoying a walk in the rural part of the county, KAIT reported at the time. According to an autopsy obtained by the news station, Rick died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head." -JESSICA SCHLADEBECK NY Daily News