SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Larry James Allred was sentenced to state prison today for the 1976 murder of 18-year-old Cynthia May Hernandez.
San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Richard V. Peel sentenced 62-year-old Allred to 7 years to life in prison.
Last month, Allred pleaded guilty to one felony count of first degree murder. According to California law in 1976-at which time the crime was committed-the maximum sentence Allred can serve is 7 years to life in prison.
"Thanks to great investigative work of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and the Glendora Police Department, we were able to identify the suspect who murdered young Cynthia forty years ago," said District Attorney Mike Ramos. "They never gave up. While Cynthia's family will never have the chance to see her again, hopefully, they can find some comfort in knowing her killer is locked up in prison where he belongs."
On August 26, 1976, Hernandez left her home to catch a movie at the Fox Twin Theaters in Covina. Hernandez, a recent Charter Oak High School graduate, never came home.
The next morning, her family located her unoccupied vehicle in the theater parking lot. Fearing for her safety, they immediately filed a missing person's report with the Glendora Police Department.
Nearly 40 years after her disappearance, a suspect has been formally charged in connection with the death of Hernandez.
"Each time a case is solved and the criminal is jailed, we hope it provides a bit of peace for the family," said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon. "The Cold Case Investigators take a personal interest in each case and work tirelessly, sometimes for years, to its conclusion."
This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum, who is assigned to the Cold Case Unit.
"For forty years we had a victim without justice, a family without answers and a killer amongst us," said Deputy District Attorney Denise Yoakum. "Cindy's family didn't know whether she was alive or dead. This is exactly why the Cold Case team never gives up."