Man pleads guilty after DNA links him to cold case rape of 82-year-old woman


Advances in DNA testing have led to a man pleading guilty to the 1996 rape of an 82-year-old Minneapolis woman.

Keith Quinton Haynes, 38, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced to 117 months in prison, the Hennepin County Attorney's office announced.

It follows new DNA evidence that linked him to the rape of the elderly woman on Nov. 16, 1996, while she was walking her dog near Aldrich Avenue North, when she was knocked to the ground from behind between two garages.

He demanded money from her, and when she told him she had none, he proceeded to rape her.

Fluids taken from the victim at a hospital following the attack turned up no leads at the time, but in 2011 the evidence was used to create a DNA profile that in 2013 was matched to Haynes through the National DNA System, the attorney's office said.

Haynes was arrested in Milwaukee that year and upon entering the guilty plea Thursday, apologized to the victim's family.

Unfortunately, his victim wasn't able to see her attacker apprehended. She died in 2008 at the age of 94.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' defense fuels win over Pelicans

The Wolves' have bought in on the defensive end as part of a 2-0 start.

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Hartman's OT goal helps Wild stay undefeated

The Wild improved to 4-0 with a win over the Ducks.

Mar'Keise Irving / Gopher Football

Gophers pound Maryland to stay in Big Ten West race

Four different players scored a rushing touchdown in a 34-16 victory over Maryland.

Father Paul Kubista at St. Mary of Czestochowa

Controversy after Delano priest shares vaccine misinformation in church bulletin

Father Paul Kubista is pastor at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church.


Mel-O-Glaze, DreamHaven Books robbed at gunpoint minutes apart

The businesses were hit by three robbers just six minutes apart on Oct. 21.

Cambridge house explosion

Explosion destroys house in Cambridge, 5 injured

The explosion occurred early Saturday morning on the 33000 block of Hillary Circle.


Charges: Lyft driver sexually assaulted woman in her home

The defendant is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Pixabay - black bear

Black bear bites professional baseball player in western Wisconsin

The former MSU-Mankato star was bitten in his back.

mickey moore driver's license shared

Beleaguered Ward 9 city council candidate loses Strib endorsement

Mickey Moore has faced questions in recent days about where he actually lives.