Man avoids death penalty by entering guilty plea to Campbell County murder

RUSTBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A Campbell County man has escaped possible execution after agreeing to a plea deal Monday.

Tony Kidd was charged with the murder of Robin Chenault last October. Officials say Kidd attacked Chenault and her husband for intervening to help Kidd's girlfriend, after he was arrested for assaulting her.

Kidd faced the possibility of a death sentence, but ended up receiving a punishment of life in prison in exchange for his plea.

"Very angry, very angry," said Chenault's son, Fred Parrish, following Monday's plea hearing.

Kidd appeared emotional during Monday's court appearance. He could be seen looking down at the table and then back at people seated in the courtroom mouthing “I’m okay” before signing paperwork.

Kidd faced nine charges including capital murder. He entered a plea of guilty on all charges.

Prosecutors say the day before her murder, Chenault and her husband Robert helped one of their neighbors, Kidd’s girlfriend, and their baby. The girlfriend sought refuge with the the couple Friday night, after Kidd was arrested for her assault.

Kidd was released on bond that night. The Chenaults took the girlfriend elsewhere.

In the early hours of the next day, Kidd returned to the Chenault's household, broke in with an axe and shot both of them, killing Robin.

“It’s not the finality we were looking for," Parrish said of the sentence his mother's killer received. "It’s dad’s wishes so it’s not my place. We’ll follow dad’s wishes and have at it.”

Kidd's actual sentence included additional years for the other nine charges. For statutory burglary he was sentenced to 20 years; for malicious wounding he was sentenced to 20 years; for two cunts of robbery he was charged with life; and for the four charges of using a gun in the commission of a felony he faces 16 years.

Parrish told WDBJ7 he places part of the blame for his mother's murder on the people who released Kidd on bond the day before Chenault was killed.