Man Walks Into Police Station, Confesses to Killing Connecticut Jogger in 2014: Cops

William Winters Leverett
Simsbury Police Department

A 27-year-old man has been charged with murder after he walked into a Connecticut police station and confessed to killing a female jogger years earlier, police said. 

On Wednesday, William Winters Leverett, a registered sex offender, told Simsbury police he fatally stabbed insurance executive Melissa Millan, 54, while she was running on a trail, according to The Hartford Courant.

Leverett then showed police where he had hidden various items he'd taken from the scene of the crime, the Courant reported. He was charged with murder Sunday.

Sources told the paper Leverett was able to tell investigators what Millan was wearing on the night of the attack. 

It's believed that Millan was stabbed between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2014. There were no witnesses and the weapon used was not recovered. 

For years, police struggled to identify a suspect. In 2015, an anonymous donor offered a $40,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, but the case remained unsolved.

It's not clear what prompted Leverett to confess. He walked into the station accompanied by members of a religious institution and told officers he couldn't live with what he had done, according to the paper.

Leverett was previously arrested in Colorado in 2009 for sexually assaulting a child. He pleaded guilty and was fined less than $500. Leverett was forced to register as a sex offender, but received no jail time.

Further details were not immediately available. Leverett is due to be arraigned Monday.

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