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Man convicted of killing teenage girl in 1975

BOSTON (AP) — A man was convicted of manslaughter Thursday for strangling a 14-year-old girl in 1975, a case that remained closed for more than 20 years until police read a diary kept by the man's mother.

David Allen Jones, 45, had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Robin Gilbert, whose body was found partially covered with brush on a golf course in Reading, about 10 miles north of Boston, on July 2, 1975. The night before, Gilbert had left her parents' house to smoke a cigarette and never returned.

The case had been closed after the state medical examiner ruled that Gilbert's death was the result of heart disease, despite her age and the fact that her clothes were ripped and her body had been dragged several hundred yards.