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Jul 14, 7:35 PM EDT

Man, 69, convicted of four-decade-old Hollywood murder

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A 69-year-old man has been convicted of killing a woman during a Hollywood apartment robbery nearly 44 years ago.

Authorities say Harold Holman was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder and could face life in prison.

He's already serving 45 years for killing a Santa Monica couple and for a string of high-rise residential burglaries in the 1980s.

Prosecutors say in August 1972, Holman bludgeoned to death a 79-year-old widow, Helen Meyler, in her bed in a second-floor Hollywood apartment. She was robbed and sexually assaulted.

Authorities say DNA evidence found at the scene linked Holman to the crime and he was charged with Meyler's murder last year.

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