WHITEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man will spend life in prison without parole for the 2015 death of a 26-year-old woman.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports a jury on Monday found 45-year-old Nathan Elisha Tyler Jr. guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping in Alicia Deans’ death.

Prosecutors said Tyler and two others lured Deans, using the pretense her ex-boyfriend — Tyler’s son — wanted to reconcile, to steal her car to kidnap his girlfriend.

The mother-of-two was robbed of $34 and a cellphone at gunpoint, bound and placed in her trunk and shot in the woods.

Tyler was arrested two weeks later, after a police chase into South Carolina for an unrelated investigation.

He denied shooting Deans. Co-defendants Kayla Turner and Michael Williams testified against him.

Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com

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