‘Golden State Killer’ Joseph DeAngelo Finally Got His Punishment!
Joseph James DeAngelo or better known as the “Golden Gate Killer” was sentenced Friday to 11 consecutive terms of life without parole. He was sentenced for his for his spree of rapes and murders across California in the 1970s and 80s.
The punishment ensures that DeAngelo, 74, will die in prison for his crimes that terrified the Sacramento area — fear that lingered long after the killings stopped, as the case went cold for 40 years.
“As I listened to the survivors and I’ve watched you, I could not help but wonder what you’re thinking,” sentencing Judge Michael Bowman told DeAngelo. “Are you capable of comprehending the pain and anguish you have caused?”
Wearing a white face mask, DeAngelo was expressionless during the hours-long hearing held in the ballroom of Sacramento State University amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Before being officially sentenced, he took off his mask and stood up to address the court.
“I’ve listened to all your statements. Each one of them,” a gaunt-looking DeAngelo said, appearing to choke up.
He took a long pause before adding, “And I’m really sorry to everyone I’ve hurt. Thank you, your Honor.”
For decades, investigators hunted for the person responsible for the violent reign of terror across six California counties.
Survivors and their families who were present for the sentencing applauded as Bowman said DeAngelo didn’t deserve any “mercy” — and again as the convicted serial killer was taken into custody and out of the room in a wheelchair.
In June, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first-degree murder, involving rapes and burglaries dating back to the 1970s in a plea deal that spared him the death penalty.