Pictured above: Mark Pinkerton is escorted to the Iredell County Jail following his arrest in 2018 – WSIC Photo
STATESVILLE, N.C. (WSIC NEWS) – The man accused of killing 80-year-old Statesville businessman Hugh Moose pleaded guilty to first degree murder Tuesday, according to the Iredell County Clerk of Court’s Office.
Mark Pinkerton was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office says Pinkerton killed Moose in January 2017 while visiting family that lives nearby. According to investigators, Pinkerton was looking for money when he committed the crime and asked another individual for help, but was turned down.
The person who was asked to assist in the burglary was afraid to approach the Sheriff’s Office with information, but confided in another individual who contacted authorities in April 2018. Based on that information, a nationwide search was conducted to find Pinkerton with investigators eventually traveling to Pennsylvania in order to meet him.
Appearing emotional, Pinkerton initially remained silent when questioned by WSIC upon his 2018 arrival in Statesville. Then, when asked if there was anything he would like to say to the family of Hugh Moose, said “I apologize” and also commented “it was an accident.”
WATCH – Mark Pinkerton is escorted to the Iredell County Jail in 2018 following his arrest:
Sheriff Darren Campbell says Pinkerton admitted to killing Moose when interviewed.
“(It’s) unbelievable after fifteen months to be able to provide that closure to the family,” said Campbell in a 2018 press conference after identifying Pinkerton. He had spoken to relatives of Hugh Moose just prior to addressing the media, which he praised for helping keep the case in front of the public.
At the time of Pinkerton’s arrest in 2018, Moose’s granddaughter Lyndsay Moose said the announcement brought closure for the family since there was uncertainty as to whether the killer was an acquaintance or a complete stranger.
“Someone knew something and it was just… that one slip-up from someone to come forward,” says Moose. “Props to whoever did that, you know that takes a lot of guts.”
WATCH – Full Iredell County Sheriff’s Office press conference announcing Pinkerton’s arrest: