The bizarre murder took place in West Virginia in February 2019, and the boyfriend’s body was discovered on Sept. 24, 2019, in a shallow grave in Skygutsy.

Amanda McClure and Larry McClure
Amanda McClure and Larry McClure


According to The Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Amanda Michelle Naylor McClure pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing her boyfriend with the help of her father, Larry McClure, and sister, Anna Marie Choudhary, 32.

Amanda pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in July, a month before her father was sentenced to life without mercy for the crime. Amanda’s sister is also facing first-degree charges in connection with McGuire’s death.

McGuire’s remains had been buried, dug up, dismembered, and reburied by Amanda and family. The remains were uncovered months later in a grave at a Skygusty residence in McDowell County where the family had been staying.

Last week, a judge sentenced Amanda Michelle to 40 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to killing her boyfriend back in 2019 with assistance from her father, who she then married.


During the hearing, Amanda said her boyfriend John McGuire was killed because “he was with me. My dad didn’t want anyone else near me.” She told the court that McGuire was killed not long after her father told her that he was in love with her and wanted to marry her.

Amanda McClure and John McGuire
Amanda McClure and John McGuire

Amanda was raised by her adoptive parents, Allen and Gwen Holm. The father and daughter pair became involved in an incestuous relationship and married in Virginia nearly a month after the murder.

Amanda’s hearing tool place via Skype which was presided by Judge Ed Kornish. McGuire’s mother, Karen Smith also joined the hearing from her home in Alabama.

“I just want to know why she thought she could be God and take my kid… She broke my heart and my grandkid’s hearts, they cry every night for their daddy.” Karen said. “I hope that she has a good heart and gets straight with the Lord before she passes, she and her sister and he daddy are going straight to hell. I’m going to heaven.”


During the emotional hearing, Amanda pleaded to the court and McGuire’s family to forgive her. She also painted herself as a victim of her biological father’s abuse.

“I can’t forgive her right now, Maybe later, but I can’t forgive her right now,” said Karen Smith.

“I have to look at myself every day. My family didn’t raise me to be this way. I’ve not only hurt John’s family, I’ve hurt my own family. ” Amanda McClure said while asking for forgiveness from John’s family. Amanda is the biological daughter of Larry McClure, 55, whom she married just a month after the murder of John McGuire.

Amanda’s adoptive parents, Allen and Gwen were also present at the virtual sentencing “I want to apologize on our behalf,” Allen said. “I can’t imagine what she is going through.”

Allen pleaded the court to take Amanda’s biological father’s abusive influence into consideration and possibly reevaluate McClure’s sentence in a couple of years.


According to court documents, Larry developed an incestuous relationship with his daughter, Amanda. Larry had been estranged from Amanda and her sister, Anna, where were all living in separate states.

Larry drove to Indiana with Amanda’s sister to pick Amanda and her boyfriend up. All of them then traveled to Sky gutsy, where Larry was staying after his release from prison on sex offense charges.

They all lived there for 10 days and planned to kill McGuire. Larry later confessed to hitting McGuire in the head with a bottle of wine on Valentine’s Day. McGuire was then tied up, injected with liquid methamphetamine – by Larry and his daughter.

The family tortured McGuire over two days before he died, and by that Saturday, they had buried McGuire’s body in a two feet grave behind the house.

They uncovered his remains after six days and dismembered his body, and then reburied him. Three weeks later, Larry and her daughter Amanda traveled to Tazewell County in Virginia and got married.


“I don’t think you’re taking full responsibility for killing John, – you’re blaming it on your father, After killing John, you dig him up later. When you all dug him up his body was dismembered and stakes of some kind were driven through his body.” Judge Kornish said in response to Amanda’s claim that she was under the influence of her father.

Second-degree murder carries a penalty of 10 to 40 years in prison, “I am going to make it 40 years, which is the maximum sentence I can impose, You will serve 20 years I hope and pray you will learn and change and when you do get out will be a different person,” said Kornish.

Amanda McClure was sentenced to 40 years in prison in October 2020. Larry was sentenced to life in prison without mercy for the crime, in August.

Kornish then spoke to John McGuire’s parents, expressing his sorrow at the pain they have endured, “We can’t unring that bell… Karen is not going to get her son back.” Kornish said before his final words to McClure, “the time you will serve is not an adequate amount of time for the pain you’ve caused.”

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