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Man sentenced to life in prison following cold case murder conviction

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Edith Skinner Edith Skinner
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Gerald Austin has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the 1989 murder and rape of 81-year-old Edith Skinner.

52-year-old Austin was convicted of raping and strangling Skinner in her Kalakaua Avenue apartment -- a senior citizens housing complex where Austin's grandmother also lived at the time.

The cold case was untouched for 17 years until police reopened it in 2006 after matching DNA found at the scene to Austin -- who has eight convictions on his record including two felonies.

 

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