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Posted at 2:21 PM ET, 09/20/2010

Horrorcore rapper pleads guilty to murder

By Washington Post editors

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.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | September 20, 2010; 2:21 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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great, so glad my taxes are gonna support this d-bag. I hope he expires in jail, soon.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | September 20, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Takes more of your tax dollars to kill the guy, Bigfoot.

Posted by: joshlct | September 20, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

A true psychopath.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 20, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I hope he gets beaten to death in prison. Soon

Posted by: Etek | September 20, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

So this guy gets life for killing four people, while Teresa Lewis is about to be executed for conspiracy in the murder of two people? Justice Virginia-style.

Posted by: cpwdc | September 20, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the difference an expensive lawyer makes.

In America, you get all the "justice" you can afford.

Posted by: vfr2dca | September 20, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Why would the post dignify this piece of trash by calling him a rapper?

Posted by: thebossman | September 20, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

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