California serial killer’s victims may be able to seek state benefits
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Victims of a notorious California serial killer may get a renewed chance to seek compensation for their emotional trauma or financial losses under pending legislation.
The Sacramento Bee newspaper reported Wednesday that a budget measure would give victims until the end of 2019 to apply.
Normally victims have three years to file with the California Victim Compensation Board for crimes that, in this case, happened decades ago.
The measure would open a new window for victims to file claims after 72-year-old former police officer Joseph DeAngelo was charged in Golden State Killer case.
Authorities say the attacker is responsible for 12 slayings and nearly 50 rapes in the 1970s and ’80s.
Compensation amounts depend on when the crimes were committed. The ceiling was $10,000 in 1974 but rose to $46,000 by 1986.
This story has been corrected to show that the compensation ceiling is based on when the crime occurred per new information from the California Victim Compensation Board.