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Alleged Golden State Killer agrees to plead guilty to murders, avoids death penalty

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A former police officer who terrorized the Sacramento region as a serial rapist and went on to kill more than a dozen people across California and evade capture for decades says he will plead guilty to murder and admit dozens of sex assaults.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. said Monday he will plead guilty to the charges in a plea deal to avoid the death penalty.

The frail-looking 74-year-old spoke in hushed, raspy voice acknowledging the crimes attributed to the Golden State Killer. He was arrested in 2018 after authorities used DNA to track him through a popular genealogy website.

Among his 13 victims, DeAngelo is accused of killing Robert Offerman and Debra Manning in Goleta in 1979, as well as Cheri Domingo and Gregory Sanchez in Goleta in 1981. He's also been charged with killing Charlene and Lyman Smith in Ventura County in 1980.

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The Associated Press