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Golden State Killer suspect seeks plea deal

Attorneys for the man accused of being the Golden State Killer and Sacramento's East Area Rapist said he is ready to make a deal.

Posted: Mar 5, 2020 12:15 PM

CALIFORNIA – Attorneys for the man accused of being the Golden State Killer and Sacramento’s East Area Rapist said he is ready to make a deal.

The defense team for Joseph Deangelo said the accused serial killer has offered to plead guilty to the charges against him if he could get a life sentence without the death penalty.

Persecutors accuse Deangelo of killing at least 13 people, raping upward of 50 women and burglarizing dozens of homes in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Veteran Criminal Defense Attorney, Mark Reichel said the deal could prevent a costly and complicated court battle, and would likely have the same outcome.

“The chances that this individual would be executed are very slim in my opinion and the chances and the likelihood that he would die in custody far exceed the chances that the state would execute this person,” Reichel said.

Deangelo is slated to appear in the Sacramento County court on March 12.

The former police officer was arrested in Citrus Heights in 2018, thanks to DNA technology, after decades of eluding authorities.

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