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Guilty plea from roommate after wheelchair-bound man murdered, dismembered

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) -

A Gaston County man has pleaded guilty after his wheelchair-bound roommate was murdered and dismembered inside their apartment several months ago.

33-year-old Brian Scott Hord pleaded guilty to first degree murder on Monday morning for the death of 68-year-old Richard Lee Gentry.

Police say Gentry was killed in a "shocking" scene back in August 2013.

Officers were called out to the 1100 block of Little Avenue, just off of Airline Road, when a woman told them of a possible crime at an apartment.

According to investigators, they knocked on the door of the end unit and Hord answered the door. That's when officers say they found the body of Gentry in a back room.

Gastonia Police Department Captain Steve Duncan says Gentry's body was dismembered and found wrapped in plastic sheeting. He had been hit with a blunt object perhaps several times, Duncan told WBTV, and then dismembered the body with a hacksaw in an attempt to hide the murder.

Gentry was wheelchair-bound and had only one leg, police said.

Gastonia police said Hord called his ex-girlfriend hours after the murder occurred, and told her what happened. She was the one who apparently called officials.

"He's actually mentioned it before about doing it," she tells the 911 dispatcher, "and he said he's has just not gotten up the courage to do it."

Hord was taken into police custody and charged with first degree murder. He was also charged with theft of a financial card.

On Monday morning, Hord was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The District Attorney chose not to pursue the death penalty in this case.

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