Mechanicsville man pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A 48-year-old man charged with killing his girlfriend in Mechanicsville last year pled guilty in a Hanover County court Tuesday.

Russell Chalkley pled guilty this morning to first degree murder.  He was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 10 years suspended.

Police arrested Russell Chalkley after the body of his girlfriend, Helen Dickerson, was found in her home.

The state medical examiner said 67-year-old Dickerson was smothered.

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