A Fayetteville man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, who was shot at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville.
Forty-three-year-old Arthur James Charland could be sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing hearing in U-S District Court has --not-- been scheduled.
Charland's plea admits the shooting death of 39-year-old Linda Owens was premeditated and committed with malice. She was a pharmacist at the hospital, where he was a pharmacy technician.
The government originally indicated it would seek the death penalty in the case. A federal magistrate approved the plea last month.
An F-B-I agent testified last year that Charland said he shot Owens in 2005 because she wanted to end their relationship.
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