Suspect in Powhatan teacher abduction pleads guilty

James Wolfe
James Wolfe

POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - A man has pleaded guilty to all five charges in the abduction and beating of a Powhatan teacher.

James Wolfe was set to go on trial Tuesday, but he instead pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, abduction, malicious wounding, arson and breaking and entering. A sentencing date will be set on February 12.

Wolfe broke into the home of Mary Anderson, 57, beat her with a meat cleaver, set her home on fire, and then forced her to drive to an ATM to withdraw money, according to prosecutors.

He then dumped her on a road in Chesterfield, where she was found with several broken bones, including a crushed skull, according to police.

Anderson wasn't in court when Wolfe admitted to her brutal beating. NBC12 also visited Anderson's home where no one answered.

Wolfe could face four life sentences when he's sentenced next year.

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