Virginia Beach man sentenced for homicide in North Carolina

Roger Pollard (Photo: Onslow County Sheriff's Office)

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to between 20 and 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in a 38-year-old North Carolina homicide.

58-year-old Roger Gene Pollard of Chesapeake, Virginia, was arrested in 2016 after detectives in Onslow County had gathered enough evidence to file charges.

Pollard pleaded guilty on Aug. 11 to charges connected to the April 1979 death of Karen Johnson. His sentencing was delayed to allow members of Johnson’s family to attend.

Prosecutors said Pollard knew Johnson’s husband was away with the Marines and went to her home. The young woman was found the next day lying on her bed, severely beaten and bloody. The cause of death was listed as strangulation.

Pollard was sentenced under guidelines applicable in 1979.