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Man sentenced for 1980 Los Angeles rape, murder

November 6, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of bludgeoning and stabbing a woman to death 40 years ago in Los Angeles has been convicted of murder.

Jurors on Tuesday found 60-year-old Harold Parkinson guilty of first-degree murder during the commission of a rape.

Authorities say he attacked and killed 36-year-old Stephanie Sommers in 1980 inside her Silver Lake apartment.

Authorities say DNA evidence from the crime scene led a cold-case team to Parkinson, who’s already behind bars.

He’s serving 15 years to life for the unrelated 1981 killing in Los Angeles.