EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A new state law has led to an arrest in a 2001 sexual assault that had become a cold case.
Jody Alan Howland, 51, was arraigned Tuesday in Kent County on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Howland is accused of sexually assaulting a then 23-year-old woman in the early hours of Feb. 9, 2001, just inside the East Grand Rapids city limits as she walked home from a neighborhood bar.
Howland is already behind bars, serving time in Macomb County Jail on drug charges.
A new state law, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in January, requires DNA samples to be taken at the time of arrest from any person accused of committing or attempting to commit a felony.
The Michigan State Police Forensic Laboratory matched his DNA to the 2001 sexual assault using the Michigan Convicted Offender Database.