Homicide

Longtime criminal with history of short sentences faces life term in slayings of 3 LA women

  • FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Samuel Little appears at Superior Court in Los Angeles. Little, 74, faces life in prison without parole Thursday Sept. 25, 2014 for murdering three women in the late 1980s during the crack cocaine scourge when several serial killers prowled the streets of South Los Angeles and preyed on drug users and prostitutes. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Samuel Little appears at Superior Court in Los Angeles. Little, 74, faces life in prison without parole Thursday Sept. 25, 2014 for murdering three women in the late 1980s during the crack cocaine scourge when several serial killers prowled the streets of South Los Angeles and preyed on drug users and prostitutes. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Samuel Little appears at Superior Court in Los Angeles. Little, 74, faces life in prison without parole Thursday Sept. 25, 2014 for murdering three women in the late 1980s during the crack cocaine scourge when several serial killers prowled the streets of South Los Angeles and preyed on drug users and prostitutes. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Samuel Little appears at Superior Court in Los Angeles. Little, 74, faces life in prison without parole Thursday Sept. 25, 2014 for murdering three women in the late 1980s during the crack cocaine scourge when several serial killers prowled the streets of South Los Angeles and preyed on drug users and prostitutes. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Samuel Little shouts as he is sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without parole for murdering three women in the late 1980s, in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Little, 74, shouted out in court during his sentencing hearing that he didn't commit the killings and said he hoped for a new trial. His lawyer Michael Pentz, left, has filed a notice of appeal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Samuel Little shouts as he is sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without parole for murdering three women in the late 1980s, in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Little, 74, shouted out in court during his sentencing hearing that he didn't commit the killings and said he hoped for a new trial. His lawyer Michael Pentz, left, has filed a notice of appeal. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)  (The Associated Press)

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.