N.S. man admits to being accessory in murder of 21-year-old woman

A Nova Scotia man has admitted to being an accessory in the 2012 murder of a 21-year-old woman.

Thomas Ted Barrett pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact in the murder of Laura Jessome.

Her remains were discovered in a hockey bag floating on the Mira River.

Barrett had been charged with Jessome's second-degree murder, but the Crown dropped that charge Wednesday after his guilty plea on the lesser charge.

Prosecutors say they thought they had the evidence to proceed on a murder charge, but stood no chance of getting a conviction when witnesses became unco-operative.

Barrett, who is in his early 40s, was convicted in March 2016 of second-degree murder in the death of another woman, 19-year-old Brett McKinnon.

He was sentenced to life in prison in that case with no chance of parole for 15 years.

With files from the Canadian Press.