(CBS) — The mom of a murder victim calls it the best mother’s day gift — that her daughter’s attacker is staying behind bars.
Rene Valentin-Matos was ordered held without bond Thursday in the 2009 rape and murder of 12-year-old Jahmeshia Conner.
“He’s in there with no bond. So he won’t be able to harm no one else,” Conner’s mother, Birdie Lewis, said.
Two years after Conners’ death, prosecutors say Valentin-Matos raped a 26-year-old woman he knew in his Pilsen home. After the rape, the woman went to Stroger Hospital, where DNA evidence was taken.
It was entered into a computer database, which led to a match in both cases — and to Valentin-Matos, when DNA was taken from him after his arrest in Minnesota.
Lewis praised the latest victim for coming forward.
“I’m glad she spoke up,” she said.