LAURINBURG —A man serving a life sentence following the 1996 shooting death of Jonesville police officer has died at Scotland Correctional Institution.
Scott Sica, 40, was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday morning at Scotland County prison, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
After efforts to revive him failed, he was declared dead as the result of an apparent suicide, state corrections officials said. Scotland County deputies are investigating the death.
Sica pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a Yadkin County courtroom in March 2014 and was sentenced to life without parole.
Police Sgt. Gregory Martin was shot six times in the head on Oct. 5, 1996, during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 77 just south of exit 82 in Jonesville. Martin was 30 years old and married.
No arrests were made until Oct. 3, 2012, when Sica was arrested at his home in Cape Coral, Fla. Two other suspects, Brian Eugene Whittaker and Marc Peterson Olroyd, were later charged in the case.