Former police officer and “Golden State Killer” Joseph DeAngelo was sentenced to life in prison Friday in a historic conclusion to a decades-old case of a serial murderer and rapist whose identity was not known until just years ago.
DeAngelo, 74, will die in prison after he pleaded guilty in June to 13 murders and 13 rape-related charges stemming from crimes in the 1970s and ’80s under a plea deal that spares him the death penalty. He also publicly admitted to dozens more sexual assaults for which the statute of limitations had expired.
On Friday, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman handed down multiple consecutive life prison sentences under the plea deal.
Before he was sentenced, DeAngelo rose from a wheelchair, took off his mask and spoke to the court.