PADUCAH, Ky.—A convicted serial killer serving 15 life sentences in prison has been sentenced again—this time in a Paducah cold case that did not result in a killing.

A judge gave Timothy Krajcir (KRAYT'-jur) another 65 years in prison during a sentencing hearing Wednesday in Paducah.

According to The Paducah Sun (, Krajcir admitted breaking into a house, forcing a young man to wrap himself in a blanket and sexually abusing his mother, who has since died. Krajcir also pleaded guilty to robbery and burglary in the 1978 incident.

The woman's son, Mark Gregory, traveled from Florida to see Krajcir sentenced.

In court, Krajcir said he was glad Gregory followed his orders or he would have likely killed him and his mother.

"I'm really glad that you were there. At that time in my life I was out of control," Krajcir said. "At that time, I was killing. I was in that mode."

Another Paducah woman, Joyce Tharp, was among the victims Krajcir sexually abused and killed in the late 1970s and early 1980s from Kentucky, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

In a statement to the court, Krajcir said he regretted his past actions.

"I'm not the same man I was 34 years ago," Krajcir said. "I sincerely regret all the trauma and heartbreak I caused so many people."

His attorney, Audrey Lee, noted that Krajcir offered information in the case that led to a grand jury indicting him in March.

"He wanted to bring closure to the families," she said.

Gregory told the newspaper that he felt fortunate to see justice served in the case.

Prosecutor Dan Boaz said the sentence isn't much compared to the multiple life sentences, but it was important to move forward with the case.

"We have a responsibility to the victims of crimes to prosecute cases regardless of what's happening in other venues," he said.


Information from: The Paducah Sun,