A Woodstock area man charged in the death of an 82-year-old Richmond Corner woman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a Woodstock courtroom on Tuesday.

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Appearing in Court of Queen's Bench in Woodstock, 20-year-old Kyle Edmund Scott changed his plea to guilty in relation to the death of Sarah Kennedy in her Richmond Corner home on October 5th, 2013.

Scott, who was 19 at the time of the killing, was scheduled to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder in September.

He underwent a 30-day psychiatric assessment at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton, New Brunswick last fall and was deemed fit to stand trial. The hospital's report found that he "did not suffer from mental disorders so as to exclude him from criminal responsibility."

In the courtroom Tuesday, the judge said Scott's guilty plea carried an automatic life sentence in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.