Man sentenced to 25 years to life for 1984 murder

(Getty Images file photo)(Getty Images file photo)

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A man convicted of murdering a woman in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood in 1984 was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Friday, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

Dwight Culton, 62, was convicted of first-degree murder in San Francisco Superior Court on May 6, 2011, after a month and a half-long trial.

A jury found Culton guilty of fatally stabbing 43-year-old Joan Baldwin. Her body was found naked and mutilated on the morning of April 6, 1984, by employees of the former Earl Schieb auto shop at 555 Bryant St., where Baldwin worked, district attorney's officials said.

A bloody fingerprint was found on Baldwin's inner right thigh, and in November 2006 a DNA hit linked it to Culton – a former employee at the auto shop – after he was arrested on an unrelated parole violation.

“While at times justice can be delayed, it cannot be denied,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement today.

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