After less than a day of deliberations, a Suffolk County jury found Sultan Omar Chezulu, formerly known as Robert Louis Scott, 62, guilty of first-degree murder for the 1984 homicide of Elsie “Yolanda” Hernandes in Roxbury.

He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, which is automatic in first-degree murder convictions. His case will also be automatically appealed.

According to officials, Chezulu was identified as a suspect in the 18-year-old girl’s cold case homicide after DNA evidence was developed from decades-old crime scene evidence.

Chezulu raped, beat, and strangled the victim to death, attacking her as she walked to a friend’s house from work through a garbage-strewn field off of Washington Street.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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