Paroled murderer charged in weekend homicide

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years for two, vicious, 1977 St. Louis area murders.

Harry Little, now 63, made parole.

He's just been accused of another brutal slaying.

Little’s now charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action, and tampering with evidence.

He killed his girlfriend, Sylvia Brown, 59, at their home in the 4100 block of California in South St. Louis Friday, authorities said.

Little allegedly stabbed Brown repeatedly, and then shot her as she lay dying in the back yard.

“The evidences indicates the victim was shot while she was on the ground,” said St. Louis Circuit Attorney, Jennifer Joyce.  “She had multiple puncture wounds and the knife was located near the body, which led them to believe she was stabbed.”

In 1977, Little shot and killed his wife, Sharon Little, 26, at their University City apartment.

While out on bail, he beat Hargrove Bunting, 25, to death with a car jack during an argument in Central West End.

He was sentenced to life plus 30 years for a pair of 2nd degree murder convictions, Joyce said.

“He's got a history of two separate, independent murder 2nd degree convictions for which he served 17 years of a lengthy sentence. Thankfully the law has been changed. He would have to be serving more than that now,” Joyce said. “When we have an individual who's charged with 1st degree murder who has committed a murder in the past or as in this case, 2 murders in the past, we will consider whether or not the death penalty is appropriate.”

Little was sent back to prison in 2000 for violating his parole with a felony stealing charge.  He was released in 2002.  Law now requires in-mates to serve at least 85% of their time.  But a "life" sentence is still different than "life without parole", Joyce said. “Life" means at least 30 years.

Little is locked up with no bond, this time.

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