Royal Oak Tribune

Golden State Killer arrives in prison to begin sentence


SACRAMENTO » A former police officer who eluded authoritie­s for years as the Golden State Killer arrived in state prison Tuesday to begin serving multiple life sentences for rapes and murders that terrorized much of California in the 1970s and 1980s. Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, arrived at North Kern State Prison, a reception center in the Central Valley about 140 miles north of Los Angeles.

Officials there will decide his permanent prison destinatio­n based on his security, medical, psychiatri­c and program needs, said California Department of Correction­s and Rehabilita­tion spokeswoma­n Terry Thornton.

DeAngelo pleaded guilty in June to 13 murders and 13 raperelate­d charges that spanned much of California between 1975 and 1986. The plea deal spared him the death penalty.

He admitted victimizin­g at least 87 people at 53 separate crime scenes spanning 11 California counties, though some of the crimes were too old to be formally charged.

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