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California serial killer's victims may get state benefits

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Victims of a notorious California serial killer may get a renewed chance to seek up to $70,000 in compensation for their emotional trauma or financial losses under pending legislation.

The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that a budget bill would extend the time for victims to file for benefits.

Normally victims have three years to file with the California Victim Compensation Board for crimes that in this case happened decades ago.

The bill would open a new window for victims to file claims after 72-year-old former police officer Joseph DeAngelo was charged with being the so-called Golden State Killer responsible for 12 slayings and nearly 50 rapes in the 1970s and '80s.

Victims who experienced trauma or monetary losses because of his arrest would have until Dec. 31, 2019, to apply.

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