Roy Charles Waller, a serial rapist, now 60, who terrorized northern California for at least 15 years known as the “NorCal Rapist,” was sentenced Friday to 459 years plus 438 years to life in prison. That’s a total of 897 years behind bars. It was convicted of crimes including kidnapping, forcible rape, oral copulation, sodomy and foreign penetration. He assaulted women in six Northern California counties between 1991 and 2006. “Mr. Waller deserves every single second that the judge gave him today,” said Prosecutor Keith Hill. The judge called Waller “a serious danger to society.” Nine women testified. Some of these witnesses were retired and in their 80’s. Waller showed no emotion as the judge handed down the prison sentence. He worked for 25 years at the University of California at Berkeley before he was arrested.
The case was solved based on DNA evidence. The breakthrough finally came in September 2018, when biological evidence left at the crime scene of one of the women who’d been sexually assaulted was used to develop a specialized DNA profile. Waller’s victims have waited for approximately 29 years for justice. Investigators constructed family trees, which led them to focus in on Waller. He maintains he is not guilty and that he would be appealing the sentence.