MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis woman says she finally has closure more than seven years after the murder of her son.
A man jailed in a 2012 rape case who recently confessed to killing her son was sentenced to prison Thursday.
"I'm happy," Doris Young said. "God made him confess, because he could have walked away from my son's murder."
According to the charges, Tarius Gresham, 24, admitted to killing 17-year-old Sterling Horton in 2006 near North High School in Minneapolis.
Chief Deputy Hennepin County Attorney David Brown says Gresham was facing a rape charge from a 2012 incident, when he decided to confess to the Horton murder.
"It's not unusual to have defendants want to offer information about other crimes," Brown said. "What's unusual about this case is that he wanted to offer information that he had committed another crime."
Gresham was sentenced to 15 years in prison. The sentence includes time for both the Horton murder and the rape conviction.
Brown said Gresham confessed to the killing earlier this month. Before accepting his confession, Brown said authorities verified his claim and determined he was responsible for Horton's death.
According to the charges, Gresham admitted to fighting with Horton on the night of July 25, 2006. Gresham told police during the fight he pulled out a gun and shot Horton and then ran away.
Doris Young is glad to know Gresham will be punished.
"And I saw the face that killed my son. I saw the young man's face."