Published: Nov 20, 2013 4:46 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida man suspected of killing several elderly women has been sentenced to life in prison.
    
As part of a deal with Miami-Dade prosecutors to avoid the death penalty, 44-year-old Reginald Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder and attempted murder.
    
The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/LbrSBp ) reports that Smith was first arrested in January 1995 following the beating death of 79-year-old Dorothy Cooper and the robbery of 73-year-old Virginia Hoffmann, who nearly died following her attack.
    
Smith was also suspected in at least two other murders, but there was never enough evidence to charge him. Both of those victims - one 81 years old and one 79 years old - were found dead in their homes.
    
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Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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