Golden State Killer Expected to Take Guilty Plea Deal

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The accused serial killer and rapist known as the Golden State Killer is planning to accept a plea deal that will remove the death penalty.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 74, is expected to plead guilty to 13 murders and kidnapping charges, as well as admit to additional crimes including rape, in a plea deal that offers life in prison instead of the death penalty, reports to the Los Angeles Times.

The Golden State Killer is a serial killer, serial rapist, and burglar who committed at least 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986, including the Santa Barbara area.

In the Sacramento area, he was known as the East Area Rapist, in Southern California he was the Original Night Stalker, and early on he was referred to as the Visalia Ransacker.

In 2001, DNA testing indicated that the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker were the same person, which helped establish California's DNA database that collects DNA from all accused and convicted felons in California. The late crime writer Michelle McNamara shone a spotlight on the suspect's activities throughout the state and dubbed him "Golden State Killer" in early 2013.

In April of 2018, authorities charged the then 72-year-old United States Navy veteran and former police officer with eight counts of first-degree murder, based upon DNA evidence. Due to California's statute of limitations on pre-2017 rape cases, he could be charged with 1970s rapes, but he was charged in August 2018 with 13 related kidnapping and abduction attempts.

DNA evidence conclusively links DeAngelo to eight murders in Goleta, Ventura, Dana Point and Irvine, with two other murders in Goleta linked by modus operandi, or distinctive features, but not DNA. Many investigators also suspect the same killer in three other murders—two in Rancho Cordova and one in Visalia.

DeAngelo is charged with murdering Robert Offerman and Debra Manning in Goleta in 1979, as well as Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez in Goleta in 1981. He's also been charged with killing Charlene and Lyman Smith in Ventura County in 1980.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, one of six prosecutors in the case, said victims and their loved ones have a right to be heard and all prosecutors are working closely with the victims to ensure their statements are considered by the Court prior to sentencing. 

 

"We have a moral and ethical responsibility to consider any offer from the defense, given the massive scope of the case, the advanced age of many of the victims and witnesses, and our inherent obligations to the victims," she said in a press release issued this afternoon.

 

Dudley stated there will be no further comment on the case until they are in Sacramento Superior Court on June 29 where DeAngelo is expected to submit his plea.

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a-1593769126 Jun 16, 2020 01:23 PM
Golden State Killer Expected to Take Guilty Plea Deal

"DeAngelo is charged with murdering Robert Offerman . . ." Dr. Offerman. This mercilessly murdered man deserves his "Doctor" title, even in death. -------------As for the s.o.b. who caused so much pain and death and agony, terrorized us all, and caused countless people to have to mourn loved ones whose lives were cut short and inflicted who knows what horrors upon the murdered in their last hours--------it's too bad we can't devise a more fitting punishment for him for the remainder of his scumbag life.

Luvaduck Jun 16, 2020 10:11 AM
Golden State Killer Expected to Take Guilty Plea Deal

Divide his police pension and S.S. among the families of his victims. Put him in a solitary cage, hose him down every few days for sanitary reasons, feed him surplus cheese, beans, rice & water and provide only the medical care a hermit gets for the rest of his life. Don't let charitable contributions, go-fund-me and the rest of that aid him out of misplaced pity. This man chose to be a heartless monster who killed and ruined lives; let him die with the conditions he deserves.

Luvaduck Jun 16, 2020 06:56 PM
Golden State Killer Expected to Take Guilty Plea Deal

I know you were kidding but FYI: The cheese I had in mind was the army-surplus bulk stuff they served kids in a county school I went to so long ago, lines of desks were bolted to the floor. It was stored who knows how long and was probably the outcome of war-profiteering to start with. I still can't stand the smell of stewed tomatoes, another cafeteria staple.

Luvaduck Jun 16, 2020 06:56 PM
Golden State Killer Expected to Take Guilty Plea Deal

I know you were kidding but FYI: The cheese I had in mind was the army-surplus bulk stuff they served kids in a county school I went to so long ago, lines of desks were bolted to the floor. It was stored who knows how long and was probably the outcome of war-profiteering to start with. I still can't stand the smell of stewed tomatoes, another cafeteria staple.

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