In 1997, officials said Howe entered a woman’s home in the middle of the night. When the victim went to the kitchen, she came face-to-face with Howe, who appeared to be wielding a knife. Authorities said he tied the victim’s wrists and assaulted her in her bedroom.
In May 2020, Howe was identified as a suspect in the case after a positive DNA match to the sexual assault kit collected at the time of the incident. Following his guilty plea, Howe was sentenced to 20 years, with 15 to serve in prison.