Darren Weiford had admitted his guilt in the 2017 killing of his girlfriend.

A Dover man has pleaded guilty in Superior Court to a 2017 city murder.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Julia Lawes said 23-year-old Darren Weiford admitted his guilt in the death last year of girlfriend Amber Buckler, 20.

Weiford said he shot and killed Buckler as she lay in bed in a Dover hotel room.

The murder took place Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the First State Inn at 1760 N. Dupont Highway. Police were sent to the hotel after receiving a call for help via 911; when they arrived they found Weiford telling them to arrest him and pointing at a rented room.

They found Buckler inside the room, shot in the head. A 9mm Ruger handgun belonging to Weiford was found on the bed.

Weiford waived his Miranda rights at police headquarters and admitted to shooting Buckler while she was sleeping.

At the time, he was charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Weiford pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and faces 18 years to life in prison when he is sentenced in January 2019.