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Crime Victims of Golden State Killer could get restitution from California

00:32  14 june  2018
00:32  14 june  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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If it passes, the California Victims Compensation Board will be able to compensate victims who come forward before the end of 2019. Normally victims of a crime must seek restitution from the board within three years of the crime being committed. Joseph James DeAngelo Jr

LOS ANGELES - A proposed bill related to the California budget may make alleged victims of the Golden State Killer or East Area Rapist eligible for restitution from a fund used to compensate victims of crimes. Senate Bill 858

Authorities gather outside the home of suspect Joseph James DeAngelo, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custody, Tuesday, on suspicion of committing at least 12 slayings and 45 rapes in the 1970's and 1980's in California.© Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo Authorities gather outside the home of suspect Joseph James DeAngelo, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Citrus Heights, Calif. DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custody, Tuesday, on suspicion of committing at least 12 slayings and 45 rapes in the 1970's and 1980's in California. LOS ANGELES - A proposed bill related to the California budget may make alleged victims of the Golden State Killer or East Area Rapist eligible for restitution from a fund used to compensate victims of crimes.

Senate Bill 858, which has passed the Senate budget committee and is now being considered by the Assembly's budget committee, was introduced at the behest of Gov. Jerry Brown's administration. It's expected to receive a vote in both houses over the next few days.

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After a four-decade manhunt for the Golden State Killer , it seemed justice for his victims might be out of reach. But now a new bill circulating through the California legislature could help the killer ’s victims get money from a state restitution fund. Joseph DeAngelo, the suspected killer , is charged with 12

The Golden State Killer is a serial killer , serial rapist, and burglar who committed at least 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 100 burglaries in California from 1974 to 1986.

If it passes, the California Victims Compensation Board will be able to compensate victims who come forward before the end of 2019. Normally victims of a crime must seek restitution from the board within three years of the crime being committed.

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. has been charged in the shooting deaths of two people in Sacramento and 10 more counts of murder in three other counties. He's also suspected of committing around 50 rapes across the state in the 1970s and '80s.

a group of people posing for the camera: Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected East Area Rapist, is arraigned in a Sacramento courtroom and charged with murdering Katie and Brian Maggiore in Rancho Cordova in 1978 on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif.© Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/TNS Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected East Area Rapist, is arraigned in a Sacramento courtroom and charged with murdering Katie and Brian Maggiore in Rancho Cordova in 1978 on Friday, April 27, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif.

His arrest came at the end of a four-decade manhunt for the serial burglar and rapist who often hit multiple homes in one night, stole mementos from his victims or taunted them later with phone threats.

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Authorities say that for 11 years the Golden State Killer — suspected of being Joseph James DeAngelo — stalked across California , raping and murdering. She went on to get a degree in criminal justice, spending dozens of hours a week researching potential suspects in Janelle’s murder.

A proposed bill related to the state budget may make alleged victims of the Golden State Killer or East Area Rapist eligible for restitution from a fund used to It it passes, the California Victims Compensation Board will be able to compensate victims who come forward before the end of 2019.

After DeAngelo's arrest in late April, the Victims Compensation Board began to hear from victims across the state, according to a State Department of Finance spokesman.

So far, 25 victims in four counties have reached out to the board. In addition, the Board and the Office of Emergency Services have been coordinating with representatives from 10 counties where DeAngelo allegedly committed crimes.

The number of victims will likely grow as counties make contact with more people who were affected. For example, Sacramento County created a tip line about the Golden State Killer and East Area Rapist and are "reportedly receiving many calls from previously unknown victims who were victimized during the period in which the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer was actively committing crimes," according to a Department of Finance spokesman.

"At this time, the Board estimates 50 direct survivors and about 12 family members," the spokesman said.

It's not clear how much each victim would receive. Compensation depends on the financial losses and harm claimed by victims.

The money in the State Restitution Fund comes from the various payments convicted criminals are forced to make.

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