John Arthur Getreu sentenced for killing Leslie Perlov

John Arthur Getreu (Santa Clara DA’s Office)

A 79-year-old convicted serial killer in California has been sentenced to life in prison for the second time after being convicted of killing a young librarian at Stanford Law School more than 50 years ago.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Hanley Chew on Thursday sentenced John Arthur Getreu to life in prison with the possibility for parole in seven years for the 1973 slaying of 21-year-old Leslie Perlov, authorities announced. Getreu in January pleaded guilty to one count of murder in Perlov’s death.

“The long nightmare of John Getreu is over,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement. “I hope this brings some measure of peace to the loved ones of the people he preyed upon. And I hope that I never have to say his name again.”

The sentence means that Getreu will not be eligible for parole until 2031 at the earliest, the DA’s office said in a press release.

In a case evocative of how authorities captured the Golden State Killer, investigators submitted DNA recovered from under Perlov’s fingernail to Parabon NanoLabs, a Virginia-based company that specializes in providing phenotyping services to law enforcement agencies, to start working up a genetic genealogy. The lab’s analysis resulted in a positive match for Getreu, who was then identified as a suspect in her murder.

Investigators then surreptitiously obtained a sample of Getreu’s DNA from a piece of discarded trash and compared it against the sample found under Perlov’s fingernail. The two came up a match, authorities said.

John Arthur Getreu sentenced for killing Leslie Perlov

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