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.