Golden State Killer, 74, seen exercising in cell and climbing on furniture – before looking frail for court appearances

SHOCKING footage shows the Golden State Killer exercising and climbing on furniture in his cell at the same time he was appearing in court in a wheelchair.

Joseph DeAngelo Jr, 74, was last week handed multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole after being convicted for a string of rapes and murders committed in California between 1976 and 1986.

DeAngelo, a former police officer, was arrested in April 2018 after DNA evidence was used along with a genealogy database to link him to the crimes decades after they were committed.

In June, he admitted to 13 counts of first-degree murder in a deal intended to avoid the death penalty.

He is also believed to be responsible for dozens of other rapes and burglaries.

Following his arrest, DeAngelo frequently appeared at court hearings looking frail and confused and being pushed in a wheelchair, an appearance he maintained throughout his trial.

But footage released by prosecutors after his sentencing shows him walking freely around his cell, even clambering onto a high sill above his bed.

He is also seen lifting his foam mattress and moving it across his cell, lifting his arms above his head for exercise, and using cardboard to meticulously block out a light and make his cell darker.

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said the videos illustrated that DeAngelo was not the person he had sought to present himself as during his trial.

"When you look back in time four decades, and you now stand in the presence of 2020, you can see that Joseph DeAngelo is no different today than when he was 45 years ago," she said.

"[The videos] simply demonstrate… his mental acuity, his dexterity, his ability to deceive or attempt to deceive the entire world into believing he is a feeble old man. 

"These are just snippets into the window of the mind of a sociopath.

"He is, quite simply, the definition of one. He has and always will be a sociopath in action."

After listening silently to witness testimony and shortly before being sentenced on Friday, DeAngelo stood and told the court: "I've listened to all of your statements. Each one of them. And I'm really sorry for everyone I've hurt."

The sentencing took place in a university ballroom because a normal courtroom would have been too small to accommodate the many victims and victims' families who wanted to attend.

The sentences DeAngelo received mean he will almost certainly die in prison.

Judge Michael Bowman told the court: "When a person commits monstrous acts they need to be locked away where they could never harm another innocent person.

"The survivors have spoken. Clearly the defendant deserves no mercy."

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