December 6, 2023
A photograph of homicide sufferer Christy Ellen Bryant. Courtesy Nationwide Metropolis Police

A 70-year-old man who pleaded responsible to fatally stabbing a Nationwide Metropolis comfort retailer clerk nearly 50 years in the past was sentenced Wednesday to 5 years to life in state jail.

Carlin Edward Cornett pleaded responsible earlier this yr to second-degree homicide within the July 31, 1974, killing of 22-year-old Christy Ellen Bryant.

At present, defendants convicted of second-degree homicide face 15 years to life in jail, however Cornett obtained the sentence a second-degree homicide conviction carried in 1974 beneath California regulation.

Bryant was stabbed to loss of life whereas working alone at a 7-Eleven at 702 Highland Ave., in accordance with Nationwide Metropolis Police.

The case went chilly, however police mentioned blood samples belonging to the suspect have been collected on the scene. Many years later, technological developments in DNA testing and genetic family tree led to Cornett’s identification because the suspect.

A motive for the killing was not disclosed. Cornett was arrested in 2021 at his dwelling in Las Vegas.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.