"look at my other options. I didn't feel that I had a choice," the woman said at her plea hearing.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on February 1, 2021. It has since been updated.
Anna Marie Choudhary’s story is a horrendous one of deceit and murder. It all started when Choudhary's sister, Amanda McClure, and her boyfriend John Thomas McGuire, 38, moved in with Choudhary and their father, Larry McClure Sr; as reported by People. During their stay, Choudhary recalls having noticed her father often "go off to the side" to speak to her sister but says that she wasn't yet aware of an intimate relationship between the two.
On the night of the murder, the family was preparing for a meal together. What John Thomas Mcguire didn’t see coming is that after a meal of steaks, potatoes, and a bottle of wine, he was going to be tortured and murdered.
Choudhary recalls her father asking her to cut up some pieces of rope a few hours before the incident, a request that didn't seem strange to her at the time. She recollected that her sister Amanda had kept the wine bottle close at hand that night. Larry and Amanda then managed to fool the other two into playing a game with them, one that would involve tying the person up and requiring them to escape. “When Larry said he wanted to play a game, a trust game, Amanda had been joking about how she was able to get out of anything," said Choudhary. "She was able to tie herself up and nobody will believe she could tie herself up that way,” she further added.
During the game, McGuire, who wasn’t aware of Larry’s plan, willingly allowed them to tie him up. Choudhary still remembers the horrific satisfaction Larry had on his face knowing that McGuire had walked right into his trap. “Larry sat down and, I don't know, it was a grin that I'll never be able to describe," said Choudhary. She then described what happened, "But as John sat up and bent over to untie his feet, and it all happened so quick, but Amanda stood up and grabbed that bottle and bashed him over the back of the head with it. And the next thing I know John had reared up and was leaning back against the wall holding his head."
She then continued, "And that's when Larry looked at me and told me if I knew what was best for my children and wanted them to live, I would follow all instructions that were given to me from that moment on." Larry and Amanda were not going to let McGuire die easily, they apparently accused him of being a federal informant, kept yelling "and demanding to know who he was." John kept telling them, "You have the wrong person. I don't know who you're looking for, but you have the wrong person," Choudhary recalled.
Neither the two let Choudhary leave, nor would they stop torturing McGuire. They then moved him to a bedroom where a rope was tied around his neck. Amanda and Larry would then go on to threaten McGuire with the ‘truth serum’. Choudhary says that Amanda then presented two syringes, which she later got to know was filled with a "bad batch" of meth. "They told me that since I was the one with the nursing experience, I was going to be the one to inject him," she said. "And they gave me the syringes and instructed me to inject him into the carotid artery." Choudhury claims that she was helpless and did as she was told, and alleged that afterward, Amanda said, "Well, that should be enough to kill him." Unfortunately for McGuire, it didn’t.
"They stood over me and told me I needed to finish it and needed to strangle him," Choudhury told the judge, "so that's what I did." They then made Choudhary gather the man’s belongings and burnt them in a bonfire. She was then made to put the body in a garbage bag which required her to ‘snap the body's limbs out of the rigor mortis that had set in,’ reports said.
Amanda and Larry had initially decided to dump the body in a mine shaft where it wouldn’t be found but the trio drove around the whole day before finding another place to dig a grave together. Choudhary says that the two started “having a relationship as soon as he was buried” and that they “went on like nothing happened". Choudhary probably hoped that the nightmare had ended but Amanda would tell her two weeks later that she wanted to dig up the body again as she believes that he is still alive. "Amanda insisted that she wanted proof that he was actually dead and had me uncover the body, and started ranting and raving about how she didn't think he was actually dead because the hair on his head was still growing and everything,” She said. Larry apparently assured Amanda and said that "he would make sure," he then took bed rails and a sledgehammer "and pounded them through the body and down into the ground," Choudhary recalled.
This was happening around the same time when the father and daughter had driven across the state line to Virginia to apply for a marriage license. "They took me and said I needed to act like a happy witness," said Choudhary. On "the very night they were married," Choudhary claims that McGuire's body was ‘uncovered again, dismembered, then reburied in two separate places because Larry wanted to landscape the property for sale and didn't want the remains to be found,’ reports said. Choudhary says that she was eventually able to get away to North Carolina, and it was that she heard her father had been arrested. In a letter obtained by authorities, Larry, who was then revealed to be a registered sex offender, confessed his role in McGuire's murder. "I just want it over," the letter said. "NO TRIAL. NO TAXPAYERS MONEY SPENT FOR A TRIAL. It is hard for the state of WV to fight against itself because I plead guilty/no contest. Thank you for your time on this matter,” he had further written. Choudhary’s guilty plea carries a prison term of up to 40 years. "When you strangled John, you knew at the time that was wrong?" asked McDowell County Circuit Court Judge, Ed Kornish, during her plea hearing conducted through a teleconference. Choudhary answered, "Yes, your honor, but look at my other options. I didn't feel that I had a choice,” reported People.