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By Don Thompson
The Associated Press 

Golden State Killer sentenced to life for 26 rapes, slayings


Last updated 8/29/2020 at 3:52am

San Francisco Chronicle via AP/Santiago Mejia photo

Joseph James DeAngelo apologizes to his victims and the families of the victims he killed more than four decades ago, Friday, Aug. 21, in Sacramento. DeAngelo, 74, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, under a plea agreement that allowed him to avoid the death sentence.

A former California police officer, dubbed the Golden State Killer, told victims Friday, Aug. 21, he was "truly sorry" before he was sentenced to multiple life prison sentences for a decadeslong string of rapes and murders that terrorized a wide swath of the state.

Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, pleaded guilty in June to 13 murders and 13 rape-related charges under a plea deal that avoided a possible death sentence.

The punishment imposed by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman means DeAngelo will die in prison for the crimes committed between 1975 and 1986.

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