Guilty Plea in Newlywed Murder

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 16-year-old Frederick County boy pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to murdering his neighbor and severely wounding his newlywed wife in their Winchester home last year during a botched robbery.

Matthew VanEmburgh was charged with capital murder, but pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. He also pleaded guilty to a host of other charges, including attempted capital murder, abduction and robbery.

He faces a maximum sentence of six life sentences. Sentencing is scheduled for June.

Prosecutors said VanEmburgh stabbed 27-year-old Terry Presgraves more than 30 times and wounded his wife Candace Presgraves during a robbery attempt last March. The Presgraves had been married for 11 days.

VanEmburgh was 15 years old at the time of the attack, making him ineligible for the death penalty.


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