A registered sex offender dad has pleaded guilty to helping his own daughter commit murder after he smashed a wine bottle over her boyfriend’s head and then injected him with crystal meth – all ‘so he could have sex with her’.
Larry McClure, 55, and his daughter Amanda McClure, 31, of Minnesota, have both pleaded guilty to the murder of Thomas McGuire, 38, which took place last year, when based at a home they were renting in West Virginia.
Helping Larry and Amanda McClure was sister, Anna Marie Choudhary, 32, of Boone, North Carolina; they are allegedly responsible for having murdered McGuire on February 14, 2019. Reportedly, they hit him with a wine bottle, tied him up and then injected him with two vials of methamphetamine. Following this, he was strangled.
Several months after his murder on Valentine’s Day, McGuire’s body was discovered in a shallow grave near the Skygusty residence.
The discovery was made by West Virginia State Police officials on September 24, 2019, after the information was revealed by Larry McClure on the missing man’s whereabouts.
On November 4, 2019, a letter that Larry McClure had written was shared to the court which exposed his involvement in the horrific crime. It also provided details which led to the arrest of his two daughters.
The letter, which was read out to the court, said: “I just want it over. No trial, no taxpayers money spent for a trial. It is hard for the State of WV to fight against itself because I plead guilty/no contest.”
Although there is no clear motive as to why they killed McGuire, McDowell County Prosecuting Attorney Emily Miller stated that there had been “different reasons” given by the father and daughters.
However, both Larry McClure’s letter and Amanda McClure’s plea hearing helped to corroborate the details of McGuire’s murder.
Registered sex offender Larry McClure was initially arrested on a registry offence after he told the police that he could tell them the location of McGuire’s body.
A responding officer at the Skygusty residence, West Virginia State Police Trooper K.M. Saddler, said that the body had originally been buried in the backyard but had later been moved to the sideyard when police arrived.
In his testimony, Saddler said: “On or about Feb. 14, Mr John McGuire was struck in the head with a bottle of wine, then tied up, and then injected with two vials of methamphetamine.
“After the injection, he was strangled.”
In McClure’s letter, there was a description of the strangulation and what the roles of his daughters were in the homicide.
Throughout the letter, there was great emphasis on his daughter Amanda McClure as being the initiator of murder, yet there was never a reason given for her motive.
In the letter, he wrote: “I cannot tell you why Amanda wanted John McGuire dead.
“I am asking for this to be over and not waisting [sic] the taxpayers money and hurting the family members on both sides of this. John McGuires family and my family.”
McClure also claimed that his daughter would spend McGuire’s monthly Social Security checks.
It is likely that the registered sex offender won’t see a parole board for at least 15 years.
In his letter, he continued: “All I can do is hope for mercy on this, but my sentence on this really does not matter because I am old and in bad health. I will never live to see the parole board.
“I will say I am sorry for my part in this crime to both my family and John McGuire’s family.”
In Saddler’s criminal complaint, it was stated that Larry and Amanda McClure were biological father and daughter. However, at the location where McGuire was found, it was determined that they had been undergoing a romantic relationship.
In the complaint, he said: “Larry McClure and Amanda McClure did engage in sexual intercourse at the aforementioned address.”
Saddler then added that Anna Marie Choudhary had been involved in the murder too.
On March 11, 2019, the father and daughters married in Tazewell County, Virginia, barely three weeks after committing a brutal murder.
However, the United Methodist Church has officiated that it is illegal for a father and daughter to marry.
Following her father, who pleaded guilty on July 8, Amanda has entered a plea deal. The deal involves her testifying against her sister.
The two were charged with first-degree murder.