Lumberton man sentenced to life in prison for woman’s shooting death

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The man accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Wilmington woman last April was found guilty on all charges Thursday and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes before returning a guilty verdict for William Bernicki, who was charged with breaking into Brittany Fullwood’s Monkey Junction home and shooting her five times on April 25, 2017.

District Attorney Ben David said the verdict came back in 29 minutes.

After the shooting, Bernicki, of Lumberton, was found nearby with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his face.

Fullwood’s 3-year-old son was in the backyard at the time of the shooting. He was found unharmed by deputies shortly after they arrived at the scene.

Bernicki’s attorney has filed an appeal.

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