Drifter pleads guilty to killing NC hikers in 2007
ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — A man convicted of murder in Florida and Georgia is accepting a life prison sentence without parole after pleading guilty in North Carolina to ambushing and killing an elderly couple hiking in a national forest.
US Attorney Anne Tompkins says 65-year-old Gary Michael Hilton pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing John and Irene Bryant in 2007.
Prosecutors say Hilton camped out waiting for victims before he encountered the couple who were both in their 80s as they hiked in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County.
Hilton already is on death row in Florida and has a life prison sentence for murder in Georgia. Both of those female victims were beheaded.
The bodies of the four victims were found over a span of several months starting in late 2007.
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