"Weight lifted off" family of Galax mother, daughter after killer sentenced
A Galax man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing a mother and her daughter last year.
Richard Nofsinger was sentenced to two consecutive life terms. The move in court was a surprise to many who were bracing for a long trial.
Instead he took a deal and pleaded guilty to capitol murder and first-degree murder charges.
"He's already dead inside everyday, because that's where he'll live, in that cage," said Rose Kenny, Kenny's aunt.
Nofsinger is accused of killing Alyssa Kenny and her daughter Ana Alley in Galax last year.
Police now tell us Aylssa died from strangulation, her young daughter Ana was suffocated.
Federal, state, and local law enforcement discovered Nofsinger preyed on single mothers and had a vast collection of child pornography.
"He's away from people he can hurt and he's with people that can hurt him," said Geneva Kenny, Kenny's sister.
Aylssa's mother said this is exactly what she wants for Nofsinger.
Several other family members had different opinions on this outcome, but they're all pleased Nofsinger is locked away.
"He can't get out of jail. There's no parole. He's going to be there for the rest of his life. I guess it's kind of the best option," said Dylan Ludy, Kenny's brother.
In a way, this sentencing is giving family some relief nearly two years after Alyssa and Ana were killed in their home. The eight hour trips from Pennsylvania, where Alyssa was from, have been long and tough for her family.
"I feel a weight lifted off me. I have been saying there is no closure and it will never be ok, but he is where he needs to be. He'll never hurt anyone else," said Stacy Ludy, Kenny's mother.
Stacy Ludy was one of several family members who spoke in court before sentencing. They talked directly to Nofsinger, who was sitting just a few feet away from them.
"We basically told him how much we loved Ally and Ana and how beautiful they were as people, and that he had no right to take them from us," Ludy said.
Ally and Ana's family is working to keep their memory alive.
They've started the Ally and Ana Foundation that awards scholarships to help pay for day care costs and pursuing dreams, whether in higher education or a trade.
The family also installed a park bench outside the Galax Police Station that now serves as a memorial.
Nofsinger is also serving a 60 year federal sentence for producing child pornography.