Man convicted of killing elderly woman in 1984

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Updated: 6/20 10:26 am

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three decades after an 84-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and beaten to death outside her home in Anaheim, a man has been convicted of killing her.

The Orange County Register reports a jury on Thursday found 60-year-old Richard S. Sandoval guilty of first-degree murder. Jurors also found the 1984 murder of Margaret Lenney was committed during a rape or attempted rape, which makes Sandoval eligible for a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors say Lenney had fired Sandoval for shoddy painting work he'd done at her home.

Sandoval was a suspect from the first day of the investigation, but prosecutors didn't think they had enough evidence to charge him until a DNA match decades later.

He is scheduled for sentencing in August.


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