By Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Hartford man who authorities say killed three teenage girls in the 1980s has been sentenced to life in prison in one of the cases.

Fifty-seven-year-old Pedro Miranda was sentenced Thursday in Hartford Superior Court in the killing of 13-year-old Mayra Cruz in 1987. A jury convicted him of murder in March.

A judge made the life sentence consecutive to the life sentenced he received in 2011 for the murder of 17-year-old Carmen Lopez in 1988. Lopez’s boyfriend, Miguel Roman, was wrongfully convicted of her killing and served 20 years in prison before being freed in 2008.

Prosecutors believe Miranda also killed 16-year-old Rosa Valentin in 1986, but they dropped the third murder charge Thursday citing problems with evidence.

Miranda has said he was innocent in all three cases.

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