SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Two defendants convicted of killing a Southern California man who stopped to give them a ride 24 years ago have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Victorville Daily Press reports 47-year-old Anthony Christopher Solis and 49-year-old Ruben Abad Sr. declined to speak during the final phase of their trial.
They were convicted of murdering 56-year-old Herbert Santos, who was found dead in March 1989 from multiple stab wounds.
Before sentencing the judge read a letter from Santos' sister, Mildred Valdez, who wrote that she had prayed for over two decades that the case would be solved so her family could have some closure.
The Sheriff's Department cold case team reviewed the investigation two years ago and re-submitted evidence found at the crime scene.
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