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The killer of a San Gabriel resident who was found stabbed to death 14 years ago in a parking lot at the Port of Long Beach was sentenced Thursday to 26 years to life in state prison.

Stewart Maua Teofilo, 40, of the central California city of Patterson, was found guilty Aug. 5 of first-degree murder for killing Maurice Howard, whose body was discovered inside his own vehicle near Pier E on June 24, 2002.

The 33-year-old victim had been stabbed in the head, upper body and torso area, police said.

A substantial amount of physical evidence was collected at the scene, with cold case investigators eventually submitting 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 had connections to Long Beach.

He was arrested in Modesto in April 2015 while appearing in court on an unrelated case.

–City News Service 

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