The Latest: Serial killer pleads guilty to more slayings

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on sentencings of serial killer Samuel Little in Ohio (all times local):

3 p.m.

A confessed serial killer just hours after pleading guilty and being sentenced for the slayings of two women in Cincinnati has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for killing two women in Cleveland.

From a prison in California, 79-year-old Samuel Little pleaded guilty Friday afternoon via Skype to two counts of aggravated murder for killing 21-year-old Mary Jo Peyton in 1984 and 32-year-old Rose Evans in 1991.

Authorities say Little has claimed to have killed 93 women across the U.S. between 1970 and 2005.

Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo sentenced Little in Cleveland to a minimum of 40 years in prison to be served after the sentences he’s received in Texas, California and Cincinnati.

One of Little’s attorneys read a statement on Little’s behalf during the brief hearing saying Little “thoroughly apologizes” for the slayings and wants to bring closure to the women’s families.


12:50 p.m.

A man who says he has killed at least 90 women has pleaded guilty to killing two women in Cincinnati in the 1980s.

Samuel Little appeared Friday via Skype from California state prison, where he’s serving multiple life sentences. Hamilton County Judge Melba Marsh asked the 79-year-old man a series of questions about giving up his rights to trial that Little answered affirmatively: sometimes with “Yes, ma’am.”

Marsh then sentenced him to two consecutive terms of 15 years to life.

Little admitted the 1981 murder of 32-year-old Anna Stewart, last seen alive in Cincinnati. Her body was dumped in Grove City, near Columbus. He also confessed to a second Cincinnati murder, of a woman who remains unidentified.

Little claims at least 90 slayings across the country.


This story has been corrected to show Little is 79, not 80.

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