A woman who helped her dad lure and kill her boyfriend so they could be together has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Amanda McClure, 31, pleaded guilty to the 2019 murder of John Thomas McGuire, 38, in July and sentenced in court on Thursday (local time).
Her father, Larry Paul McClure, pleaded guilty to torturing and killing Mr McGuire in West Virginia and was sentenced to life in prison in August. Ms McClure’s sister, Anna Choudhary, is awaiting trial.
Mr McGuire was hit in the head, injected with methamphetamine and strangled over three days before being killed in February last year, according to local publication WOAY.
After the murder, Ms McClure and her father had sex and got married just weeks later.
“This was not a single violent act, it was a conscious decision,” McDowell County Circuit Court Judge Ed Kornish said during Mr McClure’s sentencing.
“You tortured this man for three days before you killed him.”
During Ms McClure’s sentencing this week, the 31-year-old offered a twisted explanation as to why she and her relatives committed the heinous crime.
“Mrs Smith, the only answer I can give you as to why things happened is John was with me,” Ms McClure said when addressing Mr McGuire’s mother, Karen Smith, according to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
“My dad didn’t want anyone else near me...
“John told Larry that he loved me and we were going to get married.”
Ms McClure said she wished she could bring back Mr McGuire, describing him as a “good man”.
Apologising to Mrs Smith, Ms McClure said she had also hurt her adoptive family.
While Mr McClure is her biological father, she was raised by her adoptive parents, Allen and Gwen Holm, adding they did not raise her “to be this way”.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported Mr McClure was estranged from his two daughters and all three of them were involved with drugs.
Mr McClure drove with his daughter, Ms Choudhary, to Indiana to pick up Ms McClure and Mr McGuire.
The four then drove to Skygusty in West Virginia, where Mr McGuire was staying after he was released from prison on sex offender charges.
Mr McGuire’s remains were found in a shallow grave in September 2019, though the murder occurred earlier that year.
Mr McClure had a history of abuse with Ms McClure, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph noted, though Judge Ed Kornish said it was no excuse for murdering him.
With Associated Press
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