A former rubbish collector convicted of Los Angeles’ so-called “Grim Sleeper” killings has been sentenced to death by a jury.Lonnie Franklin Jr, 63, was found guilty last month of killing 10 women over two decades.
Franklin was accused of fatally shooting or strangling nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007. All of the victims were found dumped in alleys and rubbish bins in South Los Angeles.
An 11th victim survived after being shot, raped, pushed out of a car and left for dead in 1988. The killings came in two spurts that were 14 years apart, earning the killer the nickname the Grim Sleeper. Since his indictment in March 2011 Franklin has been linked to six more deaths, according to police.