Los Angeles man convicted of a 1981 magazine ad for murder

SANTA ANA, California. – A Southern California jury has convicted a man for the 1981 robbery and murder of a 77-year-old widower, he met via an advertisement in a magazine.

Sixty-five-year-old James Andrew Melton of Los Angeles was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder and other charges with a possible life sentence.

Prosecutors say Melton planned to rob rich older men. He placed an ad for a romantic encounter in the opinion of the Advocate and Anthony DeSousa said.

Authorities say Melton went to DeSousa’s Newport Beach home, where DeSousa was tied up, robbed, beaten and strangled and his house be broken into.

Authorities say Melton took jewelry and other items and fled in the victim’s car.

It was Melton the third test. The first ended with a death sentence, but was overturned, and the second ended in a mistrial.

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