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Nofsinger pleads guilty in Carroll court

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By Shannon Watkins

HILLSVILLE — Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing an infant and her mother, after pleading guilty to charges of capital murder and first-degree murder.

A plea agreement, accepted by prosecutors at the request of the victims’ family, removed the possibility of Nofsinger being sentenced to death.

Nofsinger, 38, of Galax was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison, the first without parole, after pleading guilty at a hastily arranged hearing Wednesday in Carroll County Circuit Court. The life sentences are in addition to the 60-year federal sentence he is currently serving for producing child pornography.

He was charged with killing Anastasia Alley, 21 months old, and her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28, both of Galax, at their home in March 2016. The murders shook the community, particularly in the nearly two months before Nofsinger was charged in May 2016.

Nofsinger waived his right to hearings on the murder charges in June and was indicted by a grand jury. Prior to the Oct. 25 hearing, he was scheduled for a two-week jury trial, beginning Jan. 7, 2019.

Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons said that the time between Nofsinger’s request for the plea and Wednesday’s hearing was “very fast,” set in motion roughly 24 hours prior, “after everything was finalized.”

See Friday's edition of The Gazette for more on this story.

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