East Area Rapist Pleads Guilty in Sacramento Court

74 year old Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. Is Responsible For 13 Murders and 13 Kidnappings Spanning Six California Counties

June 29, 2020
East Area Rapist

Randy Pench - Sacramento Bee - SIPA USA


It took nearly 40 years since the crimes were committed, but on Monday, 74 year old Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. pled guilty on 13 murders and 13 kidnapping-related charges spanning six counties in the 1970's and the 1980's. 

The deal that DeAngelo cut will spare him from the death penalty but in a partial agreement with the families and survivors, he was expected to admit to up to 62 rapes that he can not be criminally charged for since the statue of limitations has expired. 

The death penalty was never realistic anyway, given DeAngelo’s age and Governor Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on executions.

Also known as the Golden State Killer, the former police officer's sentencing will be in August and expect to take several days to hear from family members and survivors on how they have suffered. 

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