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Man Enters Guilty Plea In Murder Case, Could Spend 23 Years In Prison
Steve Allen Avery
Courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Man Enters Guilty Plea In Murder Case, Could Spend 23 Years In Prison

A man has been sentenced to prison time in connection to the death of a Lincolnton woman in 2019. 61-year-old Steve Allen Avery of Lincolnton received up to 23 years in prison after entering a guilty plea to second-degree-murder in connection the 2019 murder of 56-year-old Mary Walters Cook.

He entered the guilty plea in Lincoln County Superior Court Thursday (April 29). Avery also pleaded guilty to possessing a weapon of mass destruction related to a pipe bomb found inside his home at the time of the investigation.

Superior Court Judge Todd Pomeroy sentenced Avery to 18-23 years, and he will be held at Central Prison in Raleigh. Authorities said following his arrest in September, 2019, Avery confessed to shooting the victim with a .22 caliber rifle and tossing her body off a bridge on Boy Scout Road. Cook’s body was found in Indian Creek.