A South End man has been sentenced to life in prison in the slaying of an 87-year-old woman more than two decades ago. Charles Brook Jr. will be eligible for parole in 15 years. He was convicted in the slaying of Zahia Salem in November 1989. Salem’s great niece, Beth Kahwajy Zdrojewski gave a statement, saying the family was shocked by Salem’s death but “touched” by the efforts of law enforcement to solve the cold case.
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