Life without parole in 1980 killing of Lake Tahoe teen

Feb 24, 2015 6:45 PM by News Staff

A California man convicted last year of killing a teenage gas station attendant at Lake Tahoe three decades ago has been sentenced to life in prison in a cold case cracked by new DNA evidence.

Eldorado County Superior Court Judge James Wagoner sentenced 53-year-old Andrew Sanford to life without parole Monday after denying his request for a new trial.

A jury found Sanford guilty in April in the 1980 murder of 16-year-old Richard Swanson at a Shell Station in South Lake Tahoe.

He was arrested in Sacramento three years ago after prosecutors confirmed DNA evidence they said connected him to duct tape used to asphyxiate Swanson.

Police say Sanford beat, bound and gagged the teen, took $761 from the gas station and Swanson's wallet with $190 from his first paycheck.

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