Second woman sentenced in 2021 Bladen County double murder

Second woman sentenced in 2021 Bladen County double murder
Second woman sentenced in 2021 Bladen County double murder

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A second woman has been sentenced to 40-50 years in prison for a shooting on Cribb Road in 2021.

Nona Strickland was sentenced this Monday, May 6, for two counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of Robbie Hildreth and Sean Burke. Strickland was reportedly found guilty in court in front of the friends and family of the victims and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office members.

“Chief Assistant District Attorney Allan Adams relayed to the Court that the defendant was one of two women who resided with the victims at a Cribb Road address off US 701 south of Elizabethtown, NC and outside of Clarkton, NC. Members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office were called to the residence by members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department of Social Services,” an announcement from the DA’s office states.

“The social workers were at the residence on April 8th, 2021 to follow up with Robbie Hildreth about her adopted stepdaughter Nona Strickland. Investigators found that Sean Burke died of blunt force trauma to the head, while Robbie Hildreth was determined to have died by suffocation. The investigation determined that the defendants Keyonte Poole and Nona Strickland had stolen the vehicle belonging to Robbie Hildreth,” the announcement continues.

Investigators searched for Keyton Poole and Strickland, who were reportedly using the EBT cards and vehicle of the victims in stores around Richmond, Virginia, and were finally located in Pink Hill, North Carolina.

Poole and Strickland then led law enforcement in a chase wherein the suspects’ car went airborne, landed on a Dodge pickup, and was engulfed in fire. The two were treated at a local hospital before being arrested.

Poole was sentenced last month after she also pleaded guilty to the same charges.

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