Florida man sentenced to life in prison for murder of N.C. police officer

By Victoria Greene,

A Florida man agreed to a plea deal over the 1996 murder of a North Carolina police offer.

Scott Vincent Sica, 38, agreed to a plea deal over the murder of Sgt. Greg Martin. He has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. According to My Fox 8, Sgt. Martin was shot six times when he stopped a vehicle on an interstate.

At the time, Martin was 30 years old and married with a daughter, step-son and 6-month-old son.

Sica was not arrested for the murder until October 2012. Two other men, Brian Eugene Whittaker, 37, and Marc Peterson Olroyd, 42, were also arrested and charged with the crime in 2013.

According to The Associated, Sica’s plea deal has allowed him to escape the death penalty. The plea deal also means that he didn't admit guilt, but rather acknowledges there is enough evidence that Sica likely would be convicted.

“Right now it’s kind of relief and finally justice being served after so long, and it’s just a joy. Now it’s Daddy’s turn to finally rest,” Sgt. Martin’s daughter, Brittany, said.

Brittany, who was 6 years old when her father was killed, has said that her family has helped keep his memory alive.

“One door finally gets to shut and we get to open the next stage of our life and move on. Been dealing with this going on 18 years. It’s like you get to start over and you get to have a little more peace in life,” Britney said.

While Sica is behind bars and will remain there for the rest of his life, it is unclear when Whittaker or Olroyd will go to trial.

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