ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — A former kindergarten teacher in Franklin County was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison for the attempted hired killing of her ex-husband.
Angela Robin Nolen, 47, was sentenced in Franklin County Circuit Court to a charge of soliciting murder, according to media reports.
Nolen and a co-worker approached an undercover state police sergeant and agreed to pay him $8,000 to kill Paul Strickler, a retired school administrator.
The co-worker, school nurse Cathy Warren Bennett, pleaded guilty last month to conspiring to solicit murder.
As a condition of Nolen’s sentencing, Circuit Judge William Alexander added a condition to Nolen’s sentencing. He required her to serve 2,000 hours of community service, teaching people who have been incarcerated. She would not be allowed to begin performing that service until after her release from prison.
Both women were suspended from their jobs at Sontag Elementary upon their arrest.
Nolen and Strickler married in 2000 and divorced last year. Court records show Nolen was granted full custody of their 7-year-old daughter. She later was issued a protective order that blocked Strickler from contacting her.
She told the undercover investigator she believed Strickler to be a danger to herself and to their daughter.
Bennett is being held until her sentencing Oct. 10.
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