Former Ayden Man Avoids Death Penalty With Murder Plea

A former Ayden man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading no contest to capital murder.

Jeffrey Easley was accused of killing a mother and abducting her 12-year-old daughter in December 2010 from the home they shared outside of Roanoke, Virginia.

At the time, deputies here in Pitt County were on the watch, believing Easley might return to the Ayden area. But the man and Brittany Mae Smith were found five days later in San Francisco.

Prosecutors say Tina Smith died from blunt force trauma to the head, strangulation, and suffocation. The 33-year-old Easley avoided the death penalty with today's plea.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:59 PM
    funny hardly no comments on this murder story, but be black and rob someone and you will get a hanging.
  • by Lyn Location: Washington on Feb 29, 2012 at 04:24 PM
    And on the other side of things....Hes got a life sentence, which in fact impacts all of the taxpayers...Its a federal conviction, not state so therefore Your Federal tax dollars are going to give him, free room and board, 3 hot meals a day, clean clothes, free medical care, and whatever else he can think of while hes encarcerated in a federal prison....
  • by Lyn Location: washington on Feb 29, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    Replying to: Paying attention........Does it really matter where they were committed.... Happy it wasnt your Wife or daughter caught up in this.. Your feelings might be different if it was... Sometimes you need to think outside the box...
  • by Virginian Location: Palmyra on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:41 PM
    In Virginia a life sentence means he will die in prison. If he had been tried for capital murder he would get appeals for the next 10 years and drag the victim's family through the process each time. This is the right sentence.
  • by Paying attention Location: Washington on Feb 29, 2012 at 03:42 AM
    You all are complaining about our courts in NC and your tax dollars, but it appears this guy committed these crimes in Virginia.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 03:31 AM
    In some states a life sentence = 20 years. In some states an inmate can get a day trimmed off his sentence for every day he stays out of trouble or doesn't get caught. I don't know Virginia's policy but he could be out in 10 years.
  • by REally on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    What is up with murder in NC? Before long murder in NC will just get you probation. Sell a little marijuana and you get life. We have our priorities wrong.
  • by Lyn Location: Washington on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:59 PM
    WOW...Pleading guilty to Capitol murder, Thought that carried a death sentence.....Thas what he needs, We, as a people need to start stepping up and speaking out...... My tax dollars are going to keep this dirt bag alive for another 30 yrs.......REALLY
  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 02:04 PM
    Wow, VA is doing justice. If it had happened here, he would be free in less than 10 years.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 03:22 PM in reply to
      JUSTICE???? The man kills his mother and gets to live....where do you see justice????? This scum should be six feet under along with many more...but they get handed slack thanks to our NATION'S LAME USELESS GOOD-FOR-NOTHING "justice" system.
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