Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo Pleads Guilty To 13 Murders

The man accused of being the infamous “Golden State Killer", and the "East Area Rapist" has pleaded guilty to 13 counts of first degree murder in Sacramento today.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 74, has admitted the charges as part of a deal with prosecutors to spare him the death penalty. DeAngelo would instead get life in prison without parole.

The hearing was held at the Sacramento State University ballroom Monday, because it was big enough to provide social distancing and allow more than 150 victims and family members of victims to attend.

Thien Ho, assistant chief deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County said at the hearing, “The scope of Joseph DeAngelo's crime spree is simply staggering. Encompassing 13 known murders and almost 50 rapes between 1975 and 1986, his monikers reflect the sweeping geographic impact of his crimes. The Visalia Ransacker. The East Area Rapist. The Original Night Stalker and the Golden State Killer."

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office will hold a news conference today at 3 p.m. regarding the hearing.