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A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the 2003 death of University of Waterloo student Ardeth Wood, whose body was found near an Ottawa bike path where she went missing.

Chris Myers will serve the life sentence in prison with no possibility of parole for 10 years on the murder charge and several other charges related to other attacks and robberies.

He was arrested in North Bay, Ont., in October, 2005, on an unrelated offence.

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North Bay officers tipped Ottawa investigators that they had a man in custody who closely matched the description of a man who appeared in posters regarding Ms. Wood's death.

Mr. Myers faced a first-degree-murder charge in her killing, but pleaded guilty Monday to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.

Ms. Wood's disappearance on Aug. 6, 2003, prompted a massive search by police and hundreds of community volunteers.

Her body was found five days later in a heavily wooded area.

The 27-year-old woman's family was in court Monday to witness the plea.

In addition to the charges Mr. Myers faces in North Bay, he was charged with robbery and attempted sexual assault relating to an incident on April 23, 2005, in which a 25-year-old woman was accosted by a man on a bicycle.

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