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Crider could serve 15 years for soliciting husband’s murder / June 14, 2021
Gloria Crider of Halifax, accused of solicitation in the murder of her late husband, Floyd “Les” Crider, offered a surprise plea in Halifax County Circuit Court to cut short a jury trial that had begun Monday.

Prior to the jury selection process, Crider entered an Alford plea of guilt to the felony solicitation charge. Under an Alford’s plea, the defendant does not admit to the crime but recognizes the prosecution has sufficient evidence to obtain a conviction.

The Commonwealth will seek a 15-year active prison term for Crider, who is in her 70s.

Crider’s grandson, Journey Snead, was previously found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Les Crider, his grandfather, in July 2018. Snead was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2019, when he was 32.

On the night before Snead murdered his grandfather, Gloria Crider had approached another individual — her adult son — to help her orchestrate the death of her husband. When she asked her son to cut his brake lines or give her a gun to kill him herself, he flatly refused. The following day, Les Crider was found in his home beaten to death. Snead was later convicted as the killer.

“In consultation with law enforcement and the surviving family members, the Commonwealth agreed that Crider would be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin.

Considering Crider’s age, the fact that solicitation is a lesser crime than committing the murder, and considering a Halifax jury imposed a 20-year sentence for Snead for the premeditated murder itself, the Commonwealth felt this agreement was appropriate, said Martin. Crider will face a sentencing hearing before Judge Kimberley Slayton White on Sept. 10.

Defense lawyers argued, and Martin agreed, that Gloria Crider was subjected to horrible abuse by her late husband. Martin expressed this abuse will more than likely be addressed again at Crider’s sentencing hearing.

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