SIMSBURY, Connecticut — He couldn’t live with the guilt any longer.
A registered sex offender turned himself in to cops after walking into a Connecticut church and confessing to the unsolved murder of a jogger four years ago.
The brutal 2014 stabbing of Melissa Millan, a 54-year-old mother of two, had perplexed investigators who had no suspects and had gone to the FBI and the cold case squad in the Connecticut chief state’s attorney’s office for help last year.
That changed last week when William Leverett walked into the Open Gate Ministries in Windsor Locks and told them he was responsible for Millan’s death.
“He came to us on Wednesday night and confessed to the homicide,” the church’s co-pastor Michael Trazinski told the Hartford Courant. “We immediately told him, ‘You know what you have to do.’ “He said yes, I have to turn myself in.”
Accompanied by three parishioners, Leverett walked into the Simsbury police headquarters and confessed.
“I’m here to turn myself in for the murder on Iron Horse Boulevard almost four years ago,” he told police, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Leverett told cops he went to the running trail the night of Nov. 20, 2014, looking for “human contact” after attending a treatment meeting for sex offenders.
He had landed on the registry in 2009 when he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child in Colorado. He told cops he was afraid a woman he’d recently met would find out about his past.
He was “embarrassed and scared and figured that if I just killed somebody, it would make all that go away and I wouldn’t have to explain myself,” he said, according to the report.
That’s when he spotted Millan jogging on the trail. EH told detectives that he became “mentally aroused,” but grew angry when he realized “I can’t have her” because “she was way out of my league.”
“I went into a frenzy,” he allegedly told police.
He then approached her in an unlit area of the trail and stabbed her once in the chest, according to the affidavit. Millan pushed Leverett away, causing the knife to pull out of her chest while he was still holding it. She then toppled backwards over a guardrail and onto a roadway.
“Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,” he remembered hearing her say as she lay on the ground. Moments later, she fell silent.
Leverett told detectives he threw the knife out of his car window into a side street, but went back to retrieve it a few days later. After confessing, he led investigators to a bloody glove hidden in a barn that had Millan’s DNA on it, officials said.
Leverett is being held on $2 million bail.
Following the slaying, Leverett said he wrote several letters to family and friends admitting to the crime, but never sent them.
Colette Trazinski, a co-pastor at the church said Leverett was “very childlike, very trusting of others,” while admitting to the killing.
“He opened up to us about his life, his past, what he’s gone through,” she said. “We never would have expected this.”
Millan’s brother released a statement on behalf of the family saying the arrest: “brings renewed grief, heartache and the knowledge that justice can never be served for the senseless act that robbed us of Melissa’s beautiful presence.”