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Friday, September 16, 2011
Sanchez Pleads Guilty In Johnny Strand Murder
Gee- Improper documentation. All this time he's been in this country illegally and no one botherd to check!
Fernando Carillo Sanchez
Fernando Carillo Sanchez, 24 of Accomack pleaded guilty to the murder of Johnny Strand in Accomack County Circuit Court Thursday morning. Strand, the popular manager of Pizza Hut in Onley was found dead by relatives on the morning of May 1, in his bedroom at his mobile home on Pine Ridge Drive near Melfa, when they went to check on him when he didn't show up for work that day.
The relative Gladys Church found his trailer locked and went to the Sheriff's Department to report Strand as missing. Because he had only been missing a few hours the Sheriff's Department asked Church to check the trailer. Church and her son went to the trailer, used a credit card to gain entry and discovered Strand's body.
Medical examiners determined that a baseball bat found at the scene was the murder weapon and that the perpetrator delivered 8 blows to the back of Strand's head, which Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Agar said was conclusive evidence that the murder was not in self defense.
Agar stated in is summary Sanchez then located the keys of Strand's Ford Expedition, turned all of the lights off and locked the door on the way out, indicating that the murder was premeditated.
On May 4, the Expedition was spotted at the Shore Stop in Accomac. The Sheriff's Department quickly found it near a trailer at Dreamland Homes. After interview all of the individuals riding in the car it was determined that Sanchez was the driver and had obtained the vehicle a few days prior.
Sanchez pled guilty to first degree murder. Circuit Court Judge John C. Morrison Jr. accepted the plea and the plea agreement which called for 35 years in the State Penitentary with 15 years suspended pending payment of court costs by Sanchez and good behavior for the 35 year term. Sanchez's presence in the country without proper documentation is considered a violation of good behavior.