ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY-- A Courtland man was sentenced Wednesday after entering an alford plea in the murder of his father and step mother in April.

Jay Joyner entered the alford plea, pleading guilty to three counts of Capital Murder, one count of robbery, and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of murder.

An alford plea means the defendant believes that there is enough evidence to convict him. By entering an alford plea, joyner avoided being sentenced to death if convcited.

He was sentenced to 4 consecutive life sentences plus three years for the use of a firearm charge.

The couple were found dead on the morning of April 27th at their Carrsville home.

Sandy Joyner, 58, was found inside the house and a few hours later, the body of her husband, Joe Joyner, 62, was found on the property.

Joseph 'Jay' Charles Joyner, Junior, 37, was arrested and was charged with first degree murder in the deaths. .

Authorities said that Joe Joyner had been shot in the head. Sandra suffered from 'massive blunt force rauma,' according to the sheriff's office.

Police recovered a handgun in the Blackwater River on West Blackwater near a bridge which they believed was the weapon used in the murders.

Sandy Joyner was a nurse at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin. Joe Joyner ran for the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors in 2011.

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