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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty today to murdering a young mother early last year.

Andrew Bernard Adams, 56, admitted to killing Latricia Scott. The 24-year-old Cape Fear Community College student was last seen at Adams’s downtown Wilmington home the night of Jan. 10, 2012. Wilmington Police found her body buried in the backyard of the house three days later.

This is not Adams’s first trip to prison. He served 30 years for a series of rapes in the 1970s.

Adams avoided the death penalty after his defense team argued he was mentally retarded. An expert witness for the state supported the claim.

Adams is also charged in connected to cold cases in Craven County. After police arrested him for Scott’s death, he also confessed to the 1977 rape and murder of Gwendolyn Nelson in New Bern and was charged with first-degree murder in that case.

Adams will be transferred to Craven County, where he will enter a guilty plea to second-degree murder and second-degree rape. He will receive another life sentence for each offense under the sentencing law in effect in 1977.

After that he will go to Central Prison in Raleigh to serve out his sentences.


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