John Sipos was arrested on October 24, 2020 and charged with the November 20, 1969 rape and murder of 24-year-old Mary ‘Lucky’ Scott in San Diego, California.
Scott’s naked body was discovered at about 8:30 in the evening after she failed to show up for her job as a go-go dancer. Scott had been sexually assaulted, her jaw was broken, and she was strangled. She was the single mother of two young children.
Scott’s sister, Rosalie Sanz, contacted law enforcement and asked them if they could use FGG to reopen Scott’s case. Reports indicate that the FGG investigation may have been conducted by the FBI’s Investigative Genealogy Unit. The initial confirmation was made through police surveillance and the surreptitious sampling of a bloody bandage Sipos had discarded in his trash.
At the time of Scott’s murder, Sipos was serving with the U.S. Navy and was stationed nearby. The sexual assault charges against him have been dropped due to the statute of limitations.
Sipos was tried in San Diego Superior Court. Several witnesses were available to testify, 52 years after the crime, including two of the original officers who investigated the case. The jury convicted Sipos of first-degree murder on March 24, 2022, after less than a day of deliberations. On April 22, 2022, Sipos was sentenced to 7 years to life in prison.
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