LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — A 60-year-old man has been convicted of murder in the slaying of a Palmdale gas station attendant who was kidnapped, raped and killed nearly 40 years ago.

Jurors found Neal Antoine Matthews guilty Thursday of first-degree murder. He was also convicted of special circumstance allegations of murder during a robbery, kidnapping and rape.

He faces life in prison when sentenced Nov. 6.

Prosecutors say Leslie Long was working a night shift on Dec. 3, 1978, when she was robbed and kidnapped. Her body was found near the 14 Freeway in Acton three days later.

Terry Moses, 61, pleaded guilty in 2016 to taking part in the Long attack. He also admitted committing two unrelated murders in 1976 and one attempted murder in 1996. Moses faces three terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he’s sentenced on Oct. 18.

Matthews, who is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 6, also faces life in prison.

Prosecutors say DNA evidence led authorities to both men.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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