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Guilty plea in Colonial Parkway killings raffle scam

YORK, Va. — A Toano man has pleaded guilty to faking a raffle that was supposed to raise money to solve the Colonial Parkway slayings.

The Daily Press reports that 62-year-old Fred Atwell Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday in York County-Poquoson Circuit Court to one count of obtaining money by false pretenses.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeremy Markle says Atwell held a car raffle to raise money for a fund started by the parkway victims’ families. The families gave Atwell money for fees associated with the raffle. An investigation found that the cars didn’t exist.

Atwell is scheduled to be sentenced in May. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

As many as eight people were slain in southeastern Virginia in the late 1980s incases thought to be linked to a single killer or a team of them. The slayings-- known as the Colonial Parkway murders — have perplexed detectives for years.

Read more: The Post’s crime coverage


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