NEW YORK (AP) — 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. He 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 Alcala is a former photographer and one-time dating-show contestant. He’s been behind bars since 1979. He 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. Alcala was born in San Antonio, Tx. in 1943. His family relocated to Los Angeles when Alcala was 12.