CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A serial killer pleaded guilty Friday to killing five women nearly 30 years ago in southeast Missouri, but he avoided the death penalty after making a deal with prosecutors.

Timothy Krajcir, 63, received five consecutive life sentences for the murder counts, with additional sentences for several lesser charges. Krajcir, who confessed to the crimes last year, agreed to plead guilty if authorities would agree not to seek his execution.