Pennsylvania inmate arrested in 2008 murder of New York teenager

- Two New York City detectives who solved the cold case murder of a 14-year-old girl received hugs last week from the victim’s grateful mom.

Sabrina Matthews’ killer slit her throat in the middle of the night on Nov. 9, 2008, and left her to die in her bedroom in eastern Queens.

On Monday, Cold Case detectives John Roberts and Phil Panzarella told Shirda Matthews they charged Pennsylvania inmate 24-year-old Rashon Venable with her daughter’s murder after DNA connected him to the crime, PIX11 reported.

“I scream out in the air, and I said, ‘Thank you, Jesus!’” Matthews told the station. “Oh, God, I cry and cry and I said, ‘Detective? Is this for real?’ And I said, ‘Can I hug you, sir?'"

Venable was arrested in Pennsylvania and charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in 2009. He later copped a plea to a lesser charge. 


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