Roy Waller, a serial rapist who terrorized Northern California for 15 years, will spend the rest of his life behind bars. “I hope he lives a very, very long life,” said one of his victims.
Known as the NorCal Rapist, Roy Charles Waller was sentenced in a Sacramento courtroom Friday. Waller was convicted on November 18 of 46 criminal counts stemming from nine rape incidents between 1991 and 2006.
Waller was sentenced to 459 years plus 438 years to life in prison after he was convicted of crimes including kidnapping, forcible rape, oral copulation, sodomy, and foreign penetration, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office said. That’s a total of 897 years behind bars, which is roughly 100 years for each of his known victims.
Roy Waller did not make eye contact with his victims, some of whom were present in the courtroom to issue their statements.
In November, a Sacramento jury convicted him on 46 counts of rape and seven counts of kidnapping between 1991 and 2006 on nine women, all the women testified in their decades-long quest for justice.
“He should experience the barbaric sense of time around him,” one of the victims, Nicole Earnest Payte said, “Knowing that this is his fate will set me free for good… I hope he lives a very, very long life.”
Wearing an orange jumpsuit, white face mask, and shackles, Waller remained emotionless through the hearing and avoided any sort of eye contact with the victims.
“I wish he had looked at me even one time,” said Earnest Payte. Earnest was Waller’s first victim in 1991 and for 29 years she waited for this day, and seeing him behind the bar for life will now set her free for good. She said that rape victims should not be told to stay silent or be known only as “Jane Doe.”
Roy Waller, now 60, assaulted women in six Northern California counties between 1991 and 2006. In many instances, he would break into a home and bind the victims and repeatedly sexually assault them, according to the Sacramento police detective Alis Berry.
Waller would usually strike at night and would kidnap the women and take them to the ATMs where he would rob them, or he would steal items from their homes, said detective Berry.
Before his arrest, Roy Waller worked in the UC Berkeley Office of Environment, Health, and safety specialist.
Police were trying to catch Roy Waller since 2006, as they had DNA evidence linking six of the cases to the same suspect. But were unable to determine the attacker was Waller, however, because his DNA was not in the state’s criminal offender database.
A huge breakthrough 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 according to the district attorney’s office.
Using the cutting edge investigative genetic genealogy, (IGG) investigators linked Waller to the nine women, all of whom testified during the monthlong jury trial. The same DNA technology was used to identify the Golden State Killer.
“The victim waited for decades for justice and it was only through the use of investigative genetic genealogy, (IGG) that the identification and arrest of Waller were possible,” the press release said.
In addition to the nine women who were victims of the NorCal rapist, retired officers, detectives, and sexual assault forensic murder examiners traveled from multiple states to Sacramento to present their testimony. According to the district attorney, Some of the witnesses retired in their 80’s.
“The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the original detectives from agencies in each jurisdiction on these cases who never gave up pursuing the offender.”
Waller maintains his innocence and his lawyer’s plans to appeal. After serving 25 years, Roy Waller will be eligible for elder parole, but the prosecution is hoping the judge doesn’t see him as that candidate.
“Mr. Waller deserves every single second that the judge gave him today, said Prosecutor Keith Hill.” Waller’s victims called the day the greatest relief to know they no longer have to live in fear.
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