An ex-police officer accused of terrorizing California with a string of slayings, dozens of rapes, and break-ins attributed to a serial predator dubbed the Golden State Killer pleaded responsible on Monday to the primary of 13 counts of first-degree homicide expenses towards him.
Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, entered the plea as a part of a broader settlement with prosecutors from 11 California counties to confess to all allegations towards him, charged and uncharged, in against the law wave relationship again to the mid-1970s, prosecutors stated at a listening to.
Under the phrases of the plea deal, as outlined by prosecutors and a choose on the listening to, DeAngelo will face a sentence of life in jail with out the potential for parole.
While sparing the defendant from a possible demise sentence, the deal additionally saves a dwindling variety of getting old survivors, victims’ households, witnesses and legislation enforcement officers concerned within the case from extended authorized proceedings, prosecutors stated.
The plea listening to was held in a ballroom at Sacramento State University, quite than a courthouse, to permit for extra distanced seating area amid the coronavirus pandemic.
DeAngelo, wearing orange jail garb and seated in a wheelchair between his two attorneys, answered “guilty” in a raspy voice when the choose requested how he pleaded to the primary of 13 murders with which he was charged.
DeAngelo’s arrest in 2018 capped greater than 40 years of investigation in a case that authorities stated was lastly solved by evaluating crime-scene DNA proof to info on family tree web sites that monitor ancestry.
The breakthrough happened two months after the case gained renewed nationwide consideration within the bestselling ebook I’ll Be Gone within the Dark by Michelle McNamara, which was revealed posthumously two years after the writer’s demise and has lately been made into an HBO documentary collection.