Man admits raping, killing 74-year-old woman

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a man known as the “Northeast Rapist” who has been behind bars since 1986 has pleaded guilty to the 1980 rape and strangulation of a 74-year-old woman in Rochester.

The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office said Monday that 57-year-old Nat Lee Jones has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Mary Hull 34 years ago.

Jones was identified through DNA analysis in 2012 after a retired Rochester police investigator re-opened the cold case. Jones had been serving a sentence of 25 to 50 years in prison for several rapes in Rochester in 1986. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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