“Golden State Killer” prepares to be sentenced. Joseph DeAngelo, the man now known as the “Golden State Killer,” returned to court Friday where he will be formally sentenced to life without parole.
“Over four decades. That’s a long time to wait for justice to be served. Finally, we have arrived at that day,” Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton said in court Friday. “He will never harm another soul.”
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“I honestly believe that this person — not even a person, this beast — deserved the ultimate punishment of death,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, as DeAngelo sat in a wheelchair and wearing a white face mask.
“But we met with our victims. We knew the age of the case. We knew how long it took to solve. And we knew that this was the right thing to do,” Spitzer said.
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“For the victims whose voices have been stolen and the family members who sadly ran out of time and could not make it here today, I want you to know that there are 13 angels watching us today,” Spitzer said.
Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert added, “My greatest hope for all of these victims and their families perhaps is best put in their own words as we heard this week. The greatest revenge is to live your lives. Paint your children’s and your grandchildren’s rooms again with hearts and rainbows. Water ski again. Know that the monster of your childhood or your younger years is gone forever and will die alone in the dark.”
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