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A man was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of a man at the Port of Long Beach 14 years ago.

Stewart Teofilo, 40, of Patterson, was convicted of the June 24, 2002, killing of 33-year-old San Gabriel resident Maurice Howard.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 1.

Howard’s body was found inside his vehicle near Pier E in the Port of Long Beach. He had stab wounds to his head, upper body and torso area.

Several years later, cold case investigators submitted evidence to the Los Angeles County Crime Lab for DNA testing.

In May 2014, detectives received information that a DNA profile resulted in a match to Teofilo, who was then living in the Central Valley.

–City News Service

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