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On Monday, New York Supreme Court Judge Bonnie Wittner handed down a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, the Wall Street Journal reported."This kind of case is something I've never experienced, hope to never again.‘Sorry,’ the judge said as she gathered herself to continue.‘I just want to say I hope the family finds some peace and solace.’ Emotional day: Katie Stigell, left, sister of victim Cornelia Crilley and District Attorney Cyrus Vance, right, spoke in the court room after Alcala was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Monday While he has been incarcerated in New York, he has not had library privileges so he has not been able to conduct research and work on his case and he intimated in court on Friday that he is eager to resume work on trying to get himself off death row. The convicted serial killer was placed in police custody.TWA offered a ,000 reward for information about Crilley's killing.
Alcala was arrested a month after Samsoe's disappearance when his parole agent recognized him from a police sketch and called authorities. He was first tried and convicted for Samsoe's murder and sentenced to death in 1980.His bizarre strategy included grilling the mother of one of his victims, cross-examining police investigators and answering his own questions while taking the stand in his own defense.He also presented lyrics from an Arlo Guthrie song and showed an episode of 1960s television show "The Dating Game," which he won.Relatives of the victims erupted in applause Tuesday as the jury handed down the death penalty, after deliberating for about an hour.Alcala, an amateur photographer and UCLA graduate with a purported IQ of 180, chose to represent himself.