He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hiding the body in Georgia.His disappearance has puzzled family, friends and investigators for more than a decade in his rural hometown.
Ryan Alexander Duke was sentenced in Irwin County Superior Court just three days after jury.Tara Greenstead died in 2005. Duke testified that his friend made a false confession to an investigator after killing Greenstead. He was only convicted of covering up her death.
The 10-year sentence sentenced by Judge Bill Reinhardt was the highest sentence allowed. Duke had already served half of that time in prison awaiting trial.
History teacher and former beauty queen Grinstead disappeared from her home in Ocilla at the age of 30. Years later, her family hoped that Greenstead would be found alive. Her family burned her body to ashes with the help of her friend, until Duke told investigators in 2017 that he killed Greenstead.
“Every day they couldn’t find Tara,” Judge Reinhardt told Duke at the sentencing. “And whatever your selfish feelings about not coming forward, it’s true that you have had to have the power to stop that pain for years.”
Five years ago, Duke told a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent that he broke into Greenstead’s home in October 2005 to buy drugs. He said that when Greenstead frightened him, he was fatally wounded.
However, Duke withdrew his confession in 2017 during trial, and told the jury that he confessed to fear of the effects of drugs and a friend with a similar surname, Bo Dukes, the real-life killer.
Prosecutors argued that Duke’s confession contained details only known to the killer. When she wasn’t, he said she had returned to find the dead.
Greenstead’s sister, Anita Gatiss, said during Duke’s sentencing hearing that “he was caught and confessed.” “There is nothing sacred about it.”
Investigators also found Duke’s DNA in latex gloves found in Greenstead’s yard. But his testimony aroused sufficient suspicion among the jury that she was acquitted on all charges except for concealing her death.
Duke tells Duke that his friend Dukes woke him up in their mobile home in 2005 and that he killed Grinstead. He testified that Dukes showed him Grinstead’s wallet and wallet.
He said both took Greenstead’s body to a pecan orchard and burned it. Investigators later found fragments of bone at the scene, but said DNA testing to match Greenstead was inconclusive.
Dukes was summoned to the witness stand, but refused to answer questions and argued for the fifth amendment against his guilt.
Dukes is already serving 25 years in prison after being convicted in 2019 of covering up Greenstead’s death, making false statements to investigators and obstructing the arrest of criminals.
last year,After covering the case for over a decade, he visited the small town of Ocilla, Georgia, full of suspicions and theories about Grinstead’s disappearance.
Maria Woods Harber and many others ask teachers about what actually happened.
“I believe [they] These two were together. I have come to the conclusion that I have to live without knowing for the rest of my life.”
“What happened to this orchard was pointless…” Woods Harbor said. “Two men who did not respect a beautiful and lovely person took her life.”