Belknap sentenced in quadruple slayings - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

Belknap sentenced in quadruple slayings

Posted:
  • More Local NewsMore Local NewsMore>>

  • Healthy living challenge revives rivalry between Wyoming East and Westside

    Healthy living challenge revives rivalry between Wyoming East and Westside

    MULLENS (WVVA) -- The battle of Wyoming County was back in action this week. Students at Westside and Wyoming East high schools competed in a fitness and healthy living challenge...More >>
    MULLENS (WVVA) -- The battle of Wyoming County was back in action this week. Students at Westside and Wyoming East high schools competed in a fitness and healthy living challenge...More >>
  • Students compete in BSC's Engineering and Technology Olympics

    Students compete in BSC's Engineering and Technology Olympics

    BRUSHFORK, W. Va (WVVA)-- For a group of college students, today was all about robots, slingshots, and hoops. Students at the School of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science at Bluefield State College held Engineering Olympic games at the Brushfork armory. Through events like a bridge build, a robot competition, and field math, they practiced skills that rely their knowledge of physics with a fun and competitive twist. "[We're] teaching them a little bit about the laws of physics and ...More >>
    BRUSHFORK, W. Va (WVVA)-- For a group of college students, today was all about robots, slingshots, and hoops. Students at the School of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science at Bluefield State College held Engineering Olympic games at the Brushfork armory. Through events like a bridge build, a robot competition, and field math, they practiced skills that rely their knowledge of physics with a fun and competitive twist. "[We're] teaching them a little bit about the laws of physics and ...More >>
  • Beckley officer, K9 partner receive honor

    Beckley officer, K9 partner receive honor

    Cpl. Blume and Ciro; courtesy FacebookCpl. Blume and Ciro; courtesy Facebook
    BECKLEY (WVVA) - A Beckley Police officer and his four-legged partner have been named Officer and K-9 of the Year by the West Virginia Police Canine Association.Corporal Jamie Blume and Ciro...More >>
    BECKLEY (WVVA) - A Beckley Police officer and his four-legged partner have been named Officer and K-9 of the Year by the West Virginia Police Canine Association.Corporal Jamie Blume and Ciro...More >>

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- A Nicholas County man who pleaded guilty in the killings of two adults and two children has been sentenced to four life terms.

James Roy Belknap was sentenced Wednesday in Nicholas County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to four counts of first-degree murder.

The 27-year-old Leivasy resident was charged with fatally shooting Steven Leroy Hendrix, Amber Martin and Hendrix's two young children. The victims' bodies were found on May 26, 2012. Police said the victims had been stripped and their bodies were dumped down a mountainside.

A criminal complaint says the shootings occurred over a drug debt. Belknap was arrested two days later at a police roadblock.

Dozens of family members attended the Wednesday sentencing. Many submitted written statements while others approached the stand to address Belknap.

"He's sick. Anybody killing little kids over a little money or drugs needs help. And he'll need help for where he goes," said Bruce Martin, father of one of the victims.

Belknap did not address the court during the sentencing, but asked his attorney to apologize for him.

In 2006, Belknap's father, Kenneth Belknap, was sentenced in Nicholas County to life in prison with the possibility of parole for first-degree murder. James Belknap pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge in the same case, and prosecutors dismissed a murder indictment against the son, according to court records.

An account of court testimony in The Register-Herald indicated the victim, Richard Parnell, was shot in a dispute over a cocaine deal and his body was then set on fire. Kenneth Belknap said his son had no involvement in Parnell's killing.

The state Division of Corrections has said that James Belknap was released from prison in 2009.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WVVA.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Audrey Sluss at (304) 324-0659. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.