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Kindergarten teacher admits guilt in murder plot

  • Angela Nolen, 47, pleaded guilty in murder-for-hire plot on ex-husband
  • Cops say Nolen offered undercover agent $8,000 to carry out the killing
  • Nolen faces a possible prison sentence of 5 to 40 years
Kindergarten teacher admits guilt in murder plot

A Franklin County, Virginia kindergarten teacher accused of trying to hire a hit man to murder her ex-husband pleaded guilty Tuesday to soliciting a murder. 

Authorities say Angela Nolen, 47, met with an undercover Virginia State Police agent on February 19 and solicited the agent to murder her ex-husband, Paul Strickler, 63.

Nolen, a former teacher at Sontag Elementary School, paid the undercover agent $4,000 to carry out the killing, and she offered to pay an additional $4,000 after the killing was carried out, according to a Virginia State Police press release posted on Facebook.

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen said police arranged the undercover meeting after one of Nolen’s co-workers alerted authorities that the school’s nurse, Cathy Bennett, 37, told her Nolen had approached her about finding someone to kill her ex-husband, the Franklin News-Post reported.

With the co-worker's help, authorities arranged for Nolen to call “Greg,” the undercover police agent, Allen said, according to the Franklin News-Post.

HLN was unable to reached Tim Allen for further information Thursday.

The Roanoke Times posted a transcript of a February 19 recorded conversation between Nolen and the undercover officer while they sat in the agent’s car at a Lowe’s parking lot in Rocky Mount.  

During the recorded call, the undercover agent asked Nolen, “You’re going to be able to live with this?”

“Yes,” Nolen said. “I have a child who continues to have nightmares about daddy breaking in and killing mommy.”

“OK. Well, and again, it’s four thousand dollars for a man’s life. Well, half of it. We’re looking at eight thousand dollars so once I kill him, I will contact you and I will need another four thousand dollars. You have trouble with that?” the agent asked.

“No, I’ll find it,” Nolen replied. 

“So you and I are completely clear, you want the man dead, gone, period?” the agent asked another time.

“Umm hmm,” Nolen said on the recording.  

Bennett, the school nurse, was also arrested in connection with the case on a charge of conspiracy to solicit to kill a person. She was released from jail on a $75,000 bond. Online court records say Bennett’s case is scheduled to go to trial in July.

Nolen’s sentencing is scheduled for August. She could face a possible sentence of 5 to 40 years.

HLN reached out to both Nolen’s and Bennett’s attorneys for a statement Thursday, but calls were not returned. 

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