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Hursey pleads guilty to murdering "Jane Doe"


The second of three people charged in a brutal Richmond beating death will spend 20 years in prison under a plea agreement.

Friday, Jamarr Hursey pled guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Samantha Myers. The deal calls for her to spend 17 years in prison.

Hursey and his girlfriend Selena Hairston, who plead guilty last week, bludgeoned Myers to death five months ago with a liquor bottle and hammer, then dumped her body. Myers' body was spotted by a passerby weeks later in a ravine not far from McGuire VA Medical Center, but police couldn't identify her at the time. So, they released pictures of Myers' tattoos and a sketch of her face which led to new tips.

The plea reduced the charge from first degree to second degree murder.

Hairston's mother, who is also charged, is scheduled for a hearing next week.

The crime still resonates on Evert Avenue, where the family lived.

"[It] never leaves my mind," said neighbor Donald Benjamin. "You never would expect something like that in your neighborhood."

There are signs, though, of a community moving forward. The home in which the Hairstons lived and where Myers died is now for rent.

"I think as a community, we'll get over it," said Christina Taylor, whose children knew the 20-year-old victim well. "We'll pack it on up, you know, and try to move forward as much as possible."

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