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Life in prison for man convicted of 1986 murder in Balboa Park

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who led the gang rape and murder of a woman in Balboa Park more than 24 years ago was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday.

Steve Montanez, 53, was convicted in July of raping and murdering Delores "Dodie" Attig, a mother of six.

"You got away with it for 20-plus years," Judge John Einhorn told the defendant.

"So they say," the defendant replied.

In sentencing Montanez, the judge denied him the possibility of ever being paroled, and tacked on an additional one-year term.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Martin told the judge that years ago, Montanez walked in on his father "butchering" his stepmother.

The defendant was placed in foster care and had a lifelong drug addiction which caused him to commit mostly drug and property crimes before Attig's rape and murder, Martin said.

"This is somebody who just never had a chance," Martin told the judge.

Montanez's younger brother, Eddie, was convicted in Attig's death and was sentenced last week to 26 years to life behind bars. 

Deputy District Attorney Jill Schall said the brothers, along with the older sibling's teenage stepson and another man, raped the 36-year-old victim before Steve Montanez shot her once in the head about 3 a.m. on June 19, 1986.

Schall said the Montanez brothers, 15-year-old Eddie Cabanyog and Richard Archuletta traveled from Coachella to Balboa Park, and targeted Attig and two male friends who were in the park drinking, smoking and listening to music.

The male victims were thrown face-down on the ground and tied up, and Attig was dragged from a car, gang-raped and killed, the prosecutor said.

DNA taken from the victim was saved, and subsequent advances in DNA allowed authorities to enter the information into California's DNA system in 2006 and a "hit" was made, identifying Archuletta as a suspect, the prosecutor said.

DNA was found from Steve Montanez, Cabanyog and Archuletta, but not Eddie Montanez, the prosecutor said.

He testified that he was scared of his older brother, so stripped down to his underwear and faked having sex with the victim.

Archuletta was convicted of Attig's murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Cabanyog admitted all charges in Juvenile Court, was released from Juvenile Hall and was later convicted of carjacking and sentenced to eight years in prison.

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