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Clayton woman gets 10 years in prison for husband's death

Posted May 14, 2010

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— A Johnston County woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing her husband four years ago and dumping his body in South Carolina, authorities said.

Penny Dierickx, 57, of 104 Heart Wood Court in Clayton, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the Oct. 6, 2006, death of 63-year-old Larry Dierickx, whose body was found behind a convenience store in Dillon, S.C.

Larry Dierickx's hands were tied and taped, and tape covered his mouth, authorities said. A grocery store discount card found near the body led investigators to his Clayton home.

After speaking with Penny Dierickx, investigators searched the home and seized duct tape, two blankets, maps of South Carolina and floor and trunk mats from a car, among other items. Investigators said cell phone records showed that Penny Dierickx made calls from South Carolina the night before her husband's body was found.

Penny Dierickx's first-degree murder trial was supposed to begin Monday, but she decided to plead guilty when damaging testimony came out in a pre-trial hearing, authorities said.

A minister was prepared to testify that Larry Dierickx implicated his wife in an August 2005 assault. In that case, Penny Dierickx called 911 to report that someone had broken into the couple's home, hit her husband over the head with a hammer while he was sleeping and stolen jewelry and cash.

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  • shortcake53 May 14, 2010

    She should have gotten life. Why didnt she??? Shes just as guilty as the scumbag who killed the two Roanoke Rapids ladies.

  • SilverWolf May 14, 2010

    A man would have gotten life with no chance of parole. This is more NC double standards from a worthless NC judge. Typical.

  • Sidekick May 14, 2010

    10 years for pre-meditated murder. Geez.

  • Ol Forrester May 14, 2010

    Lighten up on the judge, people. This is only her first murder.

  • wildcat May 14, 2010

    She received her just. She is going to be in prison for 10 years. It will never be a picknick there.

  • working for deadbeats May 14, 2010

    10 years? Should have just made it probabtion. PPfffftttt!

  • ncmickey May 14, 2010

    She shoulda faced an attempted murder charge for the first time she bounced a hammer off her husbands head.... then only gets 10 years for murdering him.... disgusting.

  • twc May 14, 2010

    I wonder if Federal charges could be made since the body was found across a state line?

    She definitely deserves more time than she got!!! She'll be out in less than 3 years!!

  • whatsupwiththat May 14, 2010

    I IRRITATED AT PEOPLE COMMENTING THAT THERE MUST BE MORE TO THE STORY THAT WOULD JUSTIFY 10 YEARS. I DON'T CARE WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE, SHE KILLED A MAN AND MURDER IS MURDER.

  • twc May 14, 2010

    10 years?!?!?!?!?

    Some men get almost that much for "assault on a female"!! Maybe they should have added an "assault on a male" charge.

    They didn't mention how he died; I wonder if he suffocated from the duct tape on his mouth.

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