Golden State Killer arrives in prison to start life sentence

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (AP) — A former police officer who eluded authorities for years as the Golden State Killer arrived in state prison on Tuesday to begin serving multiple life sentences for rapes and murders that terrorised much of California in the 1970s and 1980s.

Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, arrived at North Kern State Prison, a reception centre in the Central Valley about 225 kilometres north of Los Angeles.

Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who authorities suspect is the so-called Golden State Killer responsible for at least a dozen murders and 50 rapes in the 1970s and 1980s, is arraigned in the Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, California on April 27. – AP

Officials there will decide his permanent prison destination based on his security, medical, psychiatric and programme needs, said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton.

DeAngelo pleaded guilty in June to 13 murders and 13 rape-related charges that spanned much of California between 1975 and 1986. The plea deal spared him the death penalty.