- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

NEWTON, N.C. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to killing a school guidance counselor in Catawba County more than two years ago.

Local media outlets reported that Sharman Odom pleaded guilty in Newton on Thursday in the death of 31-year-old Margaret Elizabeth Daniels.

Odom accepted a deal offered several months ago where he would plead guilty and serve life in prison without parole and prosecutors would agree not to seek a death sentence.

Odom apologized in court to Daniels’ family, saying he hoped the life sentence is the justice they want.

Daniels was killed in June 2014 and her body was found in her apartment. Daniels and Odom lived at the same apartment complex.

Odom was arrested more than a month later and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual offense and first-degree kidnapping.

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