Antonio Chance admitted today that he raped and killed Progress Energy employee Cynthia Moreland after abducting her from a parking garage in downtown Raleigh two years ago.
Chance pleaded guilty in Wake Superior Court to first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence. The plea came two weeks after his attorneys announced that a psychologist hired by the state had concluded that he was mentally retarded and therefore ineligible for the death penalty.
Wake prosecutors had hoped to seek the death penalty for Chance. But on IQ tests, he consistently scored 70 or below, the legal threshold for mental retardation in North Carolina.