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Former Franklin County kindergarten teacher pleads guilty in murder-for-hire plot

By Frankie Jupiter, fjupiter@wdbj7.com
Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jun 25 2013 09:47:47 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 25 2013 06:07:34 PM EDT
Former Franklin County kindergarten teacher Angela Nolen was sentenced Friday
ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) -

A former Franklin County kindergarten teacher has pleaded guilty to orchestrating a murder-for-hire plot.

Angela Nolen appeared in court Tuesday morning in Rocky Mount. She will be sentenced August 9. Nolen is facing between five and 40 years in prison. Her guilty plea was not part of a plea agreement.

In February, Nolen paid an undercover state police agent $4,000 to kill her ex-husband, Paul Strickler. Nolen also planned to pay another $4,000 after her ex-husband was killed.

Nolen, 47, wore a jail-issued orange jumpsuit during Tuesday’s hearing. She wiped away tears, and at one point looked back at people in the courtroom crowd.

Nolen was a kindergarten teacher at Sontag Elementary School in Franklin County. A school nurse at Sontag Elementary, Cathy Bennett, has been charged with helping Nolen's plot. Bennett is scheduled for a July hearing. She is free on bond.

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A plea hearing is set for a kindergarten teacher accused of trying to have her ex-husband killed.

Court records show 47-year-old Angela Nolen is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Circuit Court at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Moneta resident is charged with solicit to commit murder.

Nolen is accused of paying an undercover state police agent $4,000 to kill Paul Strickler. Police say Nolen planned to pay another $4,000 after her ex-husband was killed.

Nolen has been in custody without bond since her arrest in February.

A co-defendant, school nurse Cathy Bennett of Rocky Mount, is accused of helping Nolen. She's charged with conspiracy.

Bennett remains free on bond. Her trial is set for July.

Both women have been suspended from their jobs at Sontag Elementary School.