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Rocky Mount man pleads guilty to murder

Police have arrested a Wendell man wanted in the slaying of a woman whose body was found Wednesday in a Rocky Mount motel room.

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Ronald Carlton Ricks Jr.
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — A judge sentenced a Rocky Mount man to more than 18 years in prison on Monday in connection with a woman's slaying more than a year ago.

Ronald Carlton Hicks Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the Jan. 13, 2010, death of Melissa Jo Wise.

Wise, 38, was found dead inside a room at the Executive Inn in Rocky Mount. She had been strangled, WITN-TV reported.

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