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The 'Grim Sleeper' Killer Sentenced To Death
Lonnie David Franklin Jr., the serial killer behind the brutal "Grim Sleeper" murders, was sentenced to death by a jury Monday, according to the AP. The Los Angeles County jury was tasked with deciding whether Franklin would be put to death, or spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.The 63-year-old former sanitation worker was arrested in July 2010, after terrorizing South L.A. for decades. His long-delayed criminal trial began in mid-February 2016. After nearly three months of testimony, the jury deliberated for less than a day and a half before reaching their verdict, finding Franklin guilty of all charges on May 5.
Franklin was convicted of ten murders and one attempted murder, although it's thought that he might be responsible for far more deaths. He preyed on young black women, many of whom were sex workers. While still unidentified, the killer was dubbed "the Grim Sleeper" by L.A. Weekly because he appeared to take a fourteen-year break between his slayings, pausing from 1988 to 2002.
As of January 1, there were 743 inmates awaiting death in California, more than any other state.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.