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Sacramento Police Help Solve Decades-Old Cold Case

The U.S. Justice Department is crediting Sacramento police for their work to solve a decades-old, international murder case.

Butte County resident Silas Boston, 75, entered a not-guilty plea Thursday during his arraignment on two counts of first-degree murder.

A federal grand jury indictment says Boston killed a British couple in their mid-20s off the coast of Guatemala in 1978.

The coupld chartered a boat he owned at the time.

The case quickly went cold, but according to the Justice Department, a prosecution in this case was made possible thanks to investigators in Sacramento.

The San Rafael Police Department also played a role, as did the FBI, and law-enforcement agencies overseas.

- Capital Public Radio Staff