A 74-year-old career criminal faces a life sentence in the murders of three women in the late 1980s.

Samuel Little was convicted last month after cold case detectives matched his DNA to evidence at crime scenes in South Los Angeles.

Little, who had a rap sheet in 24 states, managed until now to do little time behind bars.

He faces a sentence Thursday of life in prison without the chance of parole.

Prosecutors say Little is a remorseless killer who deserves the maximum term.

His victims all left children behind.