MCDOWELL COUNTY, W.V. (LOOTPRESS) – In a remote plea hearing on Wednesday, January 27, Anna Marie Choudhry, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in front of Judge Edward J. Kornish, thereby waiving her right to a trial by jury.
Choudhry, who is being held at South Central Regional Jail in Charleston, was charged with three felony counts-including first-degree murder, concealment of a body, and conspiracy- after she, her biological sister, Amanda McClure, and her biological father, Larry McClure, murdered John Thomas McGuire in February of 2019. His remains were found in the Skygusty area of McDowell County in September of 2019.
By pleading guilty to second-degree murder, the state dropped Choudhry’s second and third felony counts; however, she could still face up to 40 years in prison.
In October of 2020, Amanda McClure was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the second-degree murder of McGuire, her boyfriend from Minnesota who had no connections to McDowell County.
Larry McClure pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of McGuire in a letter he wrote in November of 2019. He was sentenced to life in prison with no mercy in August of 2020.
Following a Valentine’s Day meal in 2019, McGuire was hit in the head, injected with two syringes of methamphetamine and strangled before being buried in McClure’s yard. Following the murder, Amanda McClure and Larry McClure, her biological father, had sex. They married each other four weeks later in Tazewell, Virginia, which is illegal.
During the hearing, Choudhry recounted the events of the murder, stating that Larry McClure threatened the wellbeing of her two sons if she did not do as she was instructed, which included injecting McGuire with the methamphetamine, strangling him, burying him, and digging up his body on several separate occasions.
Both of Choudhry’s sons are not in her custody. They were adopted by separate families and live out of state.
After hearing Choudhry’s synopsis of the murder and the events that followed, Judge Kornish accepted her plea deal, saying that there were “more than enough sufficient facts” to do so and that the plea reduced her risk of exposure had she gone to trial.
Kornish set Choudhry’s remote sentencing hearing for March 31, 2021, at 10 a.m.
Representing Choudhry is attorney Thomas H. Evans III. Joshua J. Miller is acting as assistant prosecuting attorney on the case.
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