Golden State Killer Sentenced To 11 Life Terms for Murders and Rapes in 1970's and 1980's

Joseph DeAngelo also known as East Area Rapist terrorized California

August 21, 2020
East Area Rapist

Randy Pench - Sacramento Bee - SIPA USA


Joseph James DeAngelo, the man known to long-time Northern California residents as the Golden State Killer and the East Area Rapist, has been sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms without the possiblity of parole after pleading guilty to 13 counts of murder and 13 counts of robbery and rape-related charges dating back to the early 1970's and 1980's. 

DeAngelo, 74, plead guilty to the charges back in June and made a deal to avoid the death penelty. DeAngelo also admitted to dozens more sexual assaults that he could not be criminally charged with because of statute of limitations. There is no statute of limitions on murder. 

Six California counties brought charges against DeAngelo after DNA evidence idenified him through geonology websites designed to build family trees.

DeAngelo spoke briefly during his sentencing Friday in the make-shift courtroom on the campus of Sacramento State. “I’ve listened to each of them and I’m truly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt. Thank you, your honor,” he said before receiving his sentence. 

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