Man Linked by Beer Can to Cold Case Murder in Yorba Linda Sentenced to Prison

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A man who was tied to a cold-case murder in Orange County by DNA on a beer can was sentenced Friday to 25 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.

Paulino Olmos Gonzalez, 49, was found guilty in January of the drug-related killing 25 years ago of Salvador Murillo, 50, in Yorba Linda.

On a November evening in 1991, Gonzalez was driving a car with a friend, who prosecutors said was a drug dealer for a Mexican cartel, and an armed bodyguard, according to a news release by the Orange County district attorney’s office. The friend spotted Murillo, asked Gonzalez to pull over, and told Murillo to get in the car.

Gonzalez drove them to an isolated orange grove in Yorba Linda. The friend, bodyguard and Murillo stepped out while Gonzalez stayed in the car. When Gonzalez eventually parked and walked toward the grove, he learned that Murillo had been shot to death, prosecutors said.

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