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.
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.