California Serial Killer Gets Prison for NYC Slayings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, January 7, 2013

A serial killer already sentenced to death in California has received a prison sentence in New York after he admitted killing two other young women in the 1970s.

Rodney Alcala was sentenced Monday in a packed courtroom. The judge choked back tears as she gave him a concurrent 25 years to life sentence.

Alcala said last month he wanted to plead guilty to two murder counts so he could get back to California and pursue an appeal of his death case.

The 69-year-old is a former photographer and one-time TV dating-show contestant. He's been behind bars since 1979.

Alcala was indicted in 2011 in the killings of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover in New York, partly on evidence that emerged during a separate murder trial in California.


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