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Steven Downs has pleaded not guilty after being charged with the sexual assault and murder of a woman in Alaska in an unsolved case for years.
Steven Downs is 48 years old.
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A man convicted of rape and murder at a University of Alaska Fairbanks dormitory that went unsolved for over two decades was sentenced to 75 years in prison in Alaska. Steven Downs, of Auburn, Maine, declined to address the courtroom before the just imposed the sentence Monday.
The killing of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie in 1993 stymied investigators until a DNA match using genetic genealogy tracing led them to Downs, who was arrested in 2019 in Maine. Downs was a UAF freshman in 1993 and lived in the dorm where Sergie was found dead.
The defence contended any sentence more significant than 20 years would be a life sentence because of Downs’ health. He exceeds 400 pounds and has high blood pressure, his attorney said.
Downs, 48, will be eligible for discretionary parole after 25 years, the Sun Journal newspaper reported.
Prosecutors said Downs showed no remorse. Sergie was sexually assaulted, shot in the head, and stabbed multiple times, officials said.
Sergie was a former UAF student but was not enrolled when she went to stay with a friend who lived in the dorm. She was last seen when she left to smoke a cigarette, and her friend suggested she smoke near exhaust vents in the women’s shower room to avoid the cold outside, the court papers said.
Janitors found Sergie’s body in a bathtub in the shower room on the afternoon of April 26, 1993.
Downs didn’t testify in his trial and was convicted in February.
After Downs was found guilty, Sergie’s brother, Alexie, told KTUU-TV the case had taken a toll on the family over the years. Their mother passed away in 2021 after Downs had been arrested but before the trial.
“On special occasions, she’d just burst out crying for a little bit,” said Alexie Sergie. “And she’d start a prayer and start praying. … I said to myself, you know, one of these days they’ll find the guy, they will find him. Nobody can hide for so long.”