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Convicted Bay Area serial killer gets death

  • FILE - This is an undated booking file photo released by the Washoe County Sheriff's office showing Joseph Naso. the 79-year-old former photographer convicted of the decades-old killings of four women in Northern California, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday Nov. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Washoe County Sheriff's office)

SAN RAFAEL — A California judge sentenced a man to death Friday following his conviction for the decades-old killings of four women with matching initials.

Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet called 79-year-old Joseph Naso an "evil and disturbed man" as he issued the sentence, the Marin Independent Journal reported (http://bit.ly/18dYh1J). Jurors had recommended the death penalty.

The former photographer was convicted of strangling four prostitutes in Northern California with matching initials: Roxene Roggasch, Carmen Colon, Pamela Parsons and Tracy Tafoya.

Naso represented himself at trial, often coming off as confused and ornery. He called five witnesses, but did not testify himself.

In his closing argument, he told the jury he was no monster and did not kill the women.


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