- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

YADKINVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Florida man has sentenced to life in prison without parole after entering a plea in the 1996 shooting death of a policeman in North Carolina.

Thirty-eight-year-old Scott Vincent Sica entered an Alford plea in the shooting death of Jonesville Police Sgt. Gregory Keith Martin during a traffic stop in Yadkin County. An Alford plea does not admit guilt, but concedes there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.

The plea deal allowed Sica to avoid a possible death sentence.

Testimony indicated Sica fired nine times at Martin, hitting him five times.

Sica was arrested in Cape Coral, Fla., in October 2012.

Two other suspects are awaiting trial. No trial date has been set yet for Marc Peterson Oldroyd, of Rockwood, Tenn., and Brian Eugene Whittaker, of Cape Coral, Fla.

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