Infamous Golden State serial killer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. finally pleads guilty to first of 13 murders – The Sun

A serial burglar and rapist who allegedly killed more than a dozen people and became known as the infamous Golden State Killer has finally pleaded guilty to multiple murders.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 74, said “guilty” several times in a low voice and attributed his actions to a person inside him called “Jerry,” the Associated Press reported on Monday.

By entering the plea agreement, DeAngelo will receive a life sentence in prison with no parole, while avoiding the death penalty.

DeAngelo worked as a police officer before partaking in a string of criminal acts through 1986. He was arrested in April 2018 and barely spoke in court.

Following his arrest, DeAngelo admitted he “did all that” in a police interrogation room, according to Sacramento County prosecutor Thien Ho.

“I didn’t have the strength to push him out. He made me. He went with me. It was like in my head, I mean, he’s a part of me. I didn’t want to do those things. I pushed Jerry out and had a happy life,” DeAngelo said.

“I did all those things. I destroyed all their lives. So now I’ve got to pay the price.”

Sitting in wheelchair at a makeshift courtroom at Sacramento State University, DeAngelo said he would plead guilty to 13 counts of murder as well as dozens of rapes that happened too long ago to prosecute.

DeAngelo’s began working as a police officer in 1973 in Exeter, a farm town in the San Joaquin Valley.

That is where he purportedly began his life of crime with burglaries and his first killing.

DeAngelo burglarized homes and raped victims in the Sacramento area in the mid-1970s, donning a mask and tying up men and threatening to kill them if they spoke up as he assaulted their women.

The East Area Rapist, as he was called, fled by foot or bike and escaped police for decades.

Police finally captured DeAngelo by using crime scene DNA samples to find his distant relative and utilizing a genealogy database.

Early afternoon Monday, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to one of murder charge.

He faces 26 charges, including 13 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of kidnapping, among other crimes, according to CNN.

A Sacramento judge went through each charge and DeAngelo was expected to plead guilty to all of them.

Prosectors from six California counties—Contra Costa, Orange, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura—filed the 26 charges against DeAngelo in 2018 and were present at Monday’s hearing.

"There is really nothing that could give full justice because [DeAngelo] has committed horrendous acts and murder up and down the state of California,” said Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton, according to NPR.

“But at least we can now begin the process—after decades—to bring some closure to families.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order placing a moratorium on the death penalty in the state in March 2019.

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