Salisbury Teen Gets Life Sentence for Murder

Written by Kye Parsons

Posted: Sep 3, 2009 11:38 AM

SALISBURY, Md.- A Salisbury teenager will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murder of a 25-year-old Salisbury woman.

A Wicomico County Circuit Court judge on Wednesday sentenced 16-year-old Kenneth Alvira to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder. He was also given 30 years in prison for armed carjacking with that sentence to run consecutively with the life term.

A jury found Alvira guilty in July of the fatal stabbing of Anitra Pirkle which occurred earlier this year.

Authorities say that on Jan. 22, Alvira and two women forced Pirkle to drive them from Salisbury to a Delmar, Md. field where they are accused of stabbing her six times with a large sword or dagger before abandoning her there to die.

During Alvira’s trial, prosecutors presented evidence that tied Alvira to Pirkle’s car as well as the weapon used to kill her. In his defense, Alvira claimed that he did not stab Pirkle but blamed one of the women. But Alvira’s explanation did not convince the jury which only took a few hours to find him guilty of murder and related charges.

A jury in August convicted 19-year-old Brianna Brinkley of first-degree murder in Pirkle’s stabbing death. Brinkley is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 23.

Twenty-year-old Brittany Barkley, who was also arrested in connection with Pirkle’s slaying, is scheduled to go to trial on Sept. 28.