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NorCal rapist Roy Waller sentenced to 897 years in prison

A Chico woman's case is connected to the arrest and conviction. Follow the history of the NorCal Rapist case by clicking story links in this article.

Posted: Dec 19, 2020 4:56 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It was a day some Northern California families have been waiting decades for.

Roy Charles Waller, the convicted NorCal rapist, was sentenced Friday to 897 years to life in state prison.

Roy Waller will no doubt go down in history as one of the worst monsters we have seen in California.

Waller remained motionless in court, avoiding all eye contact as he received his sentence.

He was wearing an orange jumpsuit, a white face mask, and shackles while he was in court.

Nicole Earnest-Payte, Waller's first victim in 1991, called Friday a win for the nine women Waller was convicted or terrorizing.

Earnest-Payte stressed that rape victims should not be told to stay silent or be known only as "a doe."

"We are anonymized," she added. "We are told we should hide our faces."

"I was told by the defense attorney that I should not speak to the media. That I should be embarrassed."

Joe Farina, the defense attorney, chimed in saying, "It's embarrassing allegations, whether she agrees with it or not, the case is over, and there's not much to say -- and it's a difficult case."

Farina said there was too much evidence to make it so he could prove his client's innocence.

Prosecutors said Waller's DNA was found at all but one of the crime scenes. They credit genetic genealogy for being the reason they won the case.

Waller's victims said it is a great relief to know they no longer have to live in fear.

Waller's sentence of almost 900 years in prison is just beginning.

In 1997 a Chico rape victim stabbed Waller with a pair of scissors. That is what allowed police to collect DNA evidence, which linked him to the other rape crimes.

KCRA reporter Marissa Perlman reported on the sentencing, and provided us with THIS COVERAGE she produced for KCRA.

Here are some past stories about the NorCal Rapist that have appeared on our website.

Man convicted of 9 'NorCal Rapist' attacks from 1991 to 2006 - Nov. 9, 2020

NorCal Rapist trial begins - Oct. 20, 2020

Alleged NorCal Rapist appears in court - Jan. 15, 2020

'NorCal Rapist' suspect appears in court, no plea - Sept. 25, 2020

'NorCal Rapist' Suspect Appears in Court, No Plea
DNA in NorCal Rapist case links suspect to sexual assaults in 6 counties - Sept. 24, 2018

DNA evidence leads to arrest of NorCal Rapist suspect - Sept. 21, 2018

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