California Rapper Pleads Guilty to Four Farmville Murders
An aspiring rapper who liked horror-themed lyrics has pleaded guilty to killing four people in Farmville a year ago this week. Charles Fishburne reports it was a plea-bargain that may have saved his life.
In a plea agreement, Richard "Sam" McCroskey was sentenced to life in prison Monday for the death of the girlfriend he met and courted online, both her parents and her teenage girlfriend. The defendant, from Castro Valley, California, showed little emotion during the hearing in Prince Edward Circuit Court. Townspeople said they were not surprised at the plea bargain and relieved it's over.
(Female voice) We pretty much knew that he was going to do a plea bargain.
(Male voice) I'm a supporter of the death penalty and I really feel as if he should have received that because, I mean, you know, he murdered four people.
(Female voice) I think everybody was just waiting for something to be decided, 'cause it had been a year. I think everybody was just waiting for a decision to be made to kinda put some closure to it.
A prosecutor revealed that the women were bludgeoned with a wood-splitting tool while they slept on September 18th of last year; the former husband was killed with the same tool when he came to check on them.
McCroskey had flown from California for the visit and was picked up at Richmond International Airport, waiting for a plane home.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News