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UPDATE: Plea reached in 2009 Pizza Plus slayings

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Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee addresses the media following Wednesday's hearing. Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee addresses the media following Wednesday's hearing.
Sheriff Brian Hieatt addresses the media following Wednesday's hearing. Sheriff Brian Hieatt addresses the media following Wednesday's hearing.
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TAZEWELL (WVVA) - The man charged with the brutal 2009 murder of his parents at their Tazewell County workplace will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Christopher Looney entered a no contest plea on two counts of capital murder with robbery during a special hearing in Tazewell County Circuit Court Wednesday.

Looney was arrested in February 2013 for the murders of Harvey Looney, 52, and Valerie Looney, 48. The couple was found murdered on the morning of March 30, 2009 at the Pizza Plus in Claypool Hill, Va.

On Wednesday, Looney was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Family in attendance at Wednesday's hearing asked that Looney not receive the death penalty. The judge in the case complied with their request.

"We will never have closure because we have to deal with what happened," the family said in a statement read to the court.

The family said Looney's actions changed their lives forever and that his parents loved him and would have never expected him to commit such acts.

Those in attendance at Wednesday's hearing also heard an audio recording of Looney's confession to police following his 2013 arrest.

Looney stated he went to the Pizza Plus on the night of March 29, 2009 to approach his parents -- who were to lock up the restaurant that night -- about money. An argument ensued in which an angered Christopher Looney cut his mother with a knife.

Christopher Looney then strangled his father to death outside the restaurant. He returned inside to find his mother was still alive, then struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher, killing her.

Looney left the scene with an unknown amount of money from the restaurant.

Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee said that the four-year investigation into the murders spanned four states and included 175 pieces of evidence.

Lee said the case never went "cold," and there were no other suspects.

Kristen Conner was in the courtroom for Wednesday's hearing and will have more on WVVA News at 5 and 6.


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Original post - A "significant hearing" regarding the 2009 double homicide at a Claypool Hill business will be held in Tazewell County Wednesday, the sheriff's department has announced.

Christopher Looney was arrested in February 2013 and charged with capital murder in the slaying of his parents, Harvey and Valerie Looney, at their workplace, the Pizza Plus in Claypool Hill, in March 2009.

There were no further details released regarding Wednesday's news conference. WVVA will be at the Tazewell County Circuit Court and will provide an update following the hearing.

View previous reports on the Pizza Plus slayings




 
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