Future Mrs. Gentry can’t believe it

NBC29 scored a short on-camera interview with Jenna Critzer, the woman sobbing at the front of the courtroom yesterday morning during the first hearing for the two men accused of killing 26-year-old Jayne McGowan. Described as the fiancee to William Douglas Gentry Jr., a 22-year-old father of two girls, Critzer said she's gone over the scenario in her mind "a million times" and can't believe that Gentry could be involved.

Separately, the grandfather of the two suspects released a statement expressing sorrow over the loss of McGowan's life.

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Let's see...Doris Pritchett was 17 when she gave birth to this future murderer, who faces the death penalty at the ripe old age of 18. Better access to birth control, combined with adequate sex education could have prevented this crime by preventing Doris's pregnancy to begin with. One of the "hidden statistics" out there is that there has been a significant drop in the U.S. crime rate since Roe v. Wade. I know not all unintended pregnancies result in horrible murders, but as Planned Parenthood's bumper stickers say, "A world of wanted children would make a world of difference." Please support realistic legislation that makes it easy, without stigma, for young people to get the information and medical care they need to ensure the future they envision for themselves, which I am sure rarely includes motherhood at 17, living with parents into adulthood, and seeing a child face the death penalty. There's a better way, and access to birth control is part of it.

I wonder if "the future Mrs. Gentry" is the same Jenna Critzer found guilty of larceny 12/09/03. Coincidently the same day William Gentry was found guilty of larceny.

It was Doris Pritchett, the mother of the younger of the two accused men, who died last year at age 35.

I agree with Reality Check.

Isn't it wonderful to feel socially "better" than other people? Imagine having a baby at 17. Considering their backgrounds, the accused must be guilty. We are all too good to live here in Charlottesville with so many of the "wrong" people. I know, let's move somewhere else! QUICKLY.

Abortion's a valid topic, imo, when it comes to a discussion of what we are to do with those among us who go their own way with respect to family planning ¢Ã¢â??‰â?¬Å? and often, ultimately, at the taxpayerss' expense.

If some of us are fed up with having to rub elbows with the great unwashed, it does not also follow that we enjoy some satisfaction at being ¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??better¢Ã¢â??¬ than them. With respect to comments I have read by one of these bloggers elsewhere, but that do also relate to the situation at hand, by expecting/demanding more from the police, it does not necessarily follow that we are endangering their ability to recruit.

Demanding that the underclass be held accountable for their infringement on our rights to live in peace is not grounds for insinuating that we should just move out ¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??quickly¢Ã¢â??¬; in fact, it is they who should ¢Ã¢â??‰â?¬Å? and hopefully will - leave ¢Ã¢â??‰â?¬Å? even if it is to a jail cell. Shove your unholy agenda.

Can we please shelve the abortion tie-ins to Jayne's murder until she's buried? Thanks.

Ms. Critzer does not seem like a smart lady.

A reality check for Pro-Choice -- it takes a person with little to no conscience to use a violent murder as a platform for discussing abortion and I mean no offense to the friends and family of Jayne but I simply must respond to Pro-Choice's illogical association of lower crime rates to the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. Nothing could be further from the truth. The dramatic decrease in the rate of violent crime over the last 20 years is the result of the abolition of the federal and (most) state parole systems, truth in sentencing laws that require offenders to serve as much as 85% of their sentence, and increased penalties for violent offenders.

This truly is a sad sitution in everyway. It appears the two are guility
with all the information from the police that the public has heard. But with all this vile I just read about the fiancee is tasteless itself. How can you on one hand slander someone and the otherhand be critical of her for the feelings she has. Granted they may be misguided but still we have no right to judge that.

There are childrens' welfare involved, so it's everybody's business (not to mention that society - and taxpayers - need to get a handle on the root causes of these issues whose impact affects our quality-of-life and may even endanger our very lives.)

Again, sincere condolences to the family of the slain young lady. We do feel your pain, and we will remember her and we hope we will all feel safer in our own homes someday.

I think the bottom line that some people to not value life anymore.
We all feel the pain of this young lady's family. Do we all feel
that the value of life is a issue here when it taken so lightly when it comes to abortion ? I do hope someday we can see the real problem here and it will be a day closer to the solution.
I know we all agree that the fathers have to step forward and be held more responsible for their childen. This too is a solution!

Pardon my brutal honesty, but I am reeling from the number of crime reports in this city, which are apparently just the tip of the iceberg.

"The future Mrs. Gentry" is "described as a fiancee" Is she actually engaged? Do they have a plan for paying their own way in life? Was she knocked up twice or are they twins?

The mother of the 22-year old accused murderer is described as being 35 when she died last December-the math doesn't work out though. And where is the father of both of these young men who are accused of this heinous act? The younger, at 18, was a minor before his last birthday - where are his parents? Do these 2 have prior arrests?

I mention all of this because it has been my observation that too often, we are seeing crimes commited by parentless (in many cases, fatherless) children. This is a pretty common scenario over at the Orangedale, Propsect, Garrett and Forest Park projects - is it not? Fathers should help provide financial support and guidance for their children - to nurture them and teach them how to behave. Too many losers have kids and walk away from them - generation after generation - they need to take responsibility. When will it stop?

It was classless of "the future Mrs. Gentry" to do an exclusive interview with NBC29 before Jayne's family has had an opportunity to bury their daughter. The grief of the friends and family of Jayne is fresh and raw--waiting a few days to assert her fiancee's innocence on TV would not have been too much to ask. Stay classy, future Mrs. Gentry.

She's a fool to talk with the press, particularly against the attorney's advice. If she actually is a partner in crime, then I will go out on a limb and judge her to be an unfit mother besides. My goodness,this is madness!

Pritchett has confessed according to the Daily Progress.
It also said, Gentry claimed to have stayed with his "wife" that night.
In a search of "the future Mrs Gentry's" home Friday, police took:

an ¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??arson can¢Ã¢â??¬ with burned cloth material;

a box of .22-caliber ammunition;

a glove with a red stain; and

a marijuana smoking device.

Does this make "the future Mrs Gentry" an accessory?

Fungus sticks together.

Since none of that "evidence" is necessarily related to the murder, maybe not.