Golden State killer sentenced to life without parole for 26 rapes, murders.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The man who terrorized California as the Golden State Killer apologized to his victims Friday morning before being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Joseph DeAngelo, 74, sat silently next to his defense team as Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman ordered his sentence.
Friday's hearing was held in a ballroom at Sacramento State University to accommodate court staff, attorneys, survivors and the press while upholding social distancing protocols.
DeAngelo eluded capture for decades, and it took law enforcement more than 40 years to connect his crimes and catch up to him.
He was known in different communities as the East Area Rapist, Visalia Ransacker, Original Nightstalker and the Golden State Killer.
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