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Guilty plea in Va. quadruple killing

An aspiring rapper who embraced horror-themed lyrics has pleaded guilty to killing four people in central Virginia.

In a plea agreement, Richard "Sam" McCroskey was sentenced to life in prison Monday.

The defendant from Castro Valley, Calif., showed little emotion during the hearing in Prince Edward County Circuit Court.

McCroskey pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend, 16-year-old Emma Niederbrock; her parents, Presbyterian minister Mark Niederbrock and Longwood University professor Debra Kelley; and Emma's 18-year-old friend, Melanie Wells of Inwood, W.Va.

A prosecutor revealed that the women were bludgeoned with a wood-splitting tool while they slept on Sept. 18, 2009. Mark Niederbrock was killed with the tool when he came to check on them.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | September 20, 2010; 2:24 PM ET
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thugs like this guy need to be taken off the street.

Posted by: mocoresider09 | September 20, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I'll allow my taxes to help support Sam in prison for 50 years -- and NO more! There's a limit to everything. I mean, it's not like Sam won't be welcomed into Jesus' forgiving embrace upon his departure from his earthly life.

Posted by: kinkysr | September 20, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

thugs like this guy need to be taken off the street.

Posted by: mocoresider09 | September 20, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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