SoCal Firefighter Sentenced To Life For 1984 Murder

A former state fire captain was sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for murdering a woman more than 20 years ago.

William Charles Marshall, 45, of Mountain View, was sentenced Friday in Superior Court.

"I'm very satisfied that the (victim's) family is able to achieve some sense of justice," prosecutor John Lewin said, adding: "I am satisfied that Mr. Marshall will never see the light of day again."

Robin Lucille Hoynes, 21, of Whittier, was found stabbed to death Oct. 31, 1984, in a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Torrance where she was an assistant manager.

Authorities said she was killed during a robbery.

Marshall had been an employee but was fired days before the killing.

He was questioned at the time of the killing but was not charged.

Several years later, Marshall was convicted of burglary and sentenced to two years in state prison.

Subsequently, he joined the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Torrance police cold-case investigators reopened the case about two years ago, leading to Marshall's indictment last year on a count of murder with the special circumstance of robbery.

Marshall, who had been working at a fire station in Riverside County, lost his job following his arrest.


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