Mary Scott
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A jury convicted an elderly man of first-degree murder Thursday in the death of a City Heights woman more than a half-century ago.

The panel found John Sipos, 76, guilty following about a day of deliberations for the 1969 slaying of Mary Scott, who was found dead inside her apartment in the 4000 block of 39th Street.

Scott, 23, was a go-go dancer at the Star & Garter, a club located near her apartment. Sipos was a former Navy sailor living in San Diego.

Prosecutors alleged Sipos broke down the door to Scott’s home, raped her and then strangled or asphyxiated her.

Sipos is scheduled to be sentenced April 22. He is expected to receive a seven-year-to-life term, the maximum term he would have received at the time of the killing.

After the case went cold, it was later re-evaluated by the cold case units of the San Diego Police Department and San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

DNA left at the scene tied Sipos to the case. He was arrested in late 2020 at his Pennsylvania home.

– City News Service