The serial murder suspect believed to be the infamous Golden State Killer will reportedly plead guilty to dozens of charges in order to avoid the death penalty.
According to the Associated Press, Joseph DeAngelo is expected to enter into a plea deal that will carry a life sentence without the possibility of parole. DeAngelo, a former police officer who avoided arrest for decades, will reportedly enter a plea on June 29.
DeAngelo was arrested in April 2018 after investigators who had been secretly monitoring him matched his DNA to genetic samples taken from crimes scenes. According to the Los Angeles Times, the 74-year-old accused rapist and killer will plead guilty to 13 murder and kidnapping charges, for crimes that took place in the 1970s and 80s.
Sources who spoke to the Los Angeles Times reportedly said that DeAngelo has confessed to additional violent crimes that are not included in his charges.
According to the Associated Press, DeAngelo’s pubic defenders did not respond to a request for comment, but law enforcement sources and victims family members confirmed the expected plea deal. Two sources reportedly said that prosecutors who were initially resistant to a plea deal may have been convinced because of the legal obstacles presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are so totally supportive of the death penalty and yet we are totally supportive of this decision to let the Golden State Killer plead to life without possibility of parole,” Ron Harrington, whose brother and sister-and-law were beaten to death in 1980, told the Associated Press.
“Too many victims have passed and there’s a lot of other people — not just our case — that wanted closure …We’re getting closer to as much closure as we can obtain.”
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