UPDATE: A career criminal thought to be the "Gypsy Hills Killer" has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and murdering two teenage girls in Northern California more than 40 years ago.
    
The San Jose Mercury News says 70-year-old Rodney Halbower demanded a mistrial and was shouted at by the victims' family and friends after he was sentenced Wednesday in Redwood City.
    
Halbower was convicted last month of the 1976 killings of 17-year-old Paula Baxter and 18-year-old Veronica Cascio.
    
Authorities believe he raped and killed six women and girls - including a 14-year-old and a nursing student in Nevada - in 1976 but he was only charged with two murders.
    
The killer's nickname was based on the area of Pacifica, south of San Francisco, where one body was found.

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UPDATE: A Northern California jury has found guilty a career criminal who authorities believe to be the 'Gypsy Hill Killer" of killing two teenage girls.
    
The San Mateo County jury returned its verdict Tuesday.
    
The trial began Sept. 7 with 69-year-old Rodney Halbower disrupting the prosecutor's opening statements by yelling at the jury that he was innocent and had never raped or killed. The judge declined public defender John Halley's call for a mistrial and Halbower ceased his outbursts.
    
Authorities believe Halbowber raped and killed six young women over a five-month period in early 1976 in Northern California and Reno, Nevada.
    
DNA evidence led to Halbower's arrest in 2014. He was in prison in Oregon at the time.
    
Prosecutors said they charged him with the two murders with the strongest evidence.

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A career criminal who authorities believe is the Gypsy Hill Killer faces trial in Northern California for the murders of two young women four decades ago.

Law enforcement officials believe 69-year-old Rodney Halbower is the one who raped and killed six young women during a five-month period in 1976. The murders in Northern California and Reno remained cold until 2014.

That's when DNA taken from cigarette butts saved from the scene of one of the killings in Reno led investigators to Halbower's prison cell in Oregon where he was doing time for rape and attempted murder.

Opening statements start Friday in Redwood City, which is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of San Francisco.

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