SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An old murder mystery has been closed after the killer pleaded guilty and was sentenced to up to life in prison.
Gayle Gilbert Benavidez admitted to beating, raping and strangling 24-year-old Carolyn Waite Sarkesians behind a Salt Lake City halfway house in March of 1976.
Benavidez was a resident of the halfway house at the time of the crime. But it wasn't until last year he was linked to the murder through advanced D-N-A technology.
Benavidez, who was 20 at the time of the slaying, apologized yesterday in court for his actions when he was a youngster. He said he has come a long way since then.
However, the victim's family members said the killer's unemotional apology "fell flat" and he has committed one crime after another since the murder.
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