Candace Walton Murders Mother And Brother

Candace Walton was a sixteen year old teen killer from Georgia who would murder her mother and brother

According to court documents Candace Walton wanted to move out of State and live with her boyfriend Kaleo Pangelinan however her mother would not allow it. So the teen killer would text with her boyfriend over 80,000 times planning out the murders of her mother and brother

On the day of the murder Candace Walton would steal her mothers tax return check before setting the house on fire which would kill her mother and brother: 36-year-old Tasha Vandiver and 21-year-old Gerald Walton. Candace would then text her boyfriend that she set the fire and that she was on her way

Candace Walton would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for thirty years

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A Georgia teenager pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder and arson in the 2020 fire death of her mother and brother.

Local news outlets report 18-year-old Candace Walton entered the pleas in Monroe County, admitting guilt in the death of 36-year-old Tasha Vandiver and 21-year-old Gerald Walton. Walton was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, theft by taking and first-degree arson.

Monroe County District Attorney Jonathan Adams said Walton was sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole for the murder charges, as well as 10 years in prison for the arson charge.

Adams said Walton showed remorse and took responsibility for her actions. She will serve at least 30 years in prison before she’s eligible for parole.

Walton’s home near Forsyth burned on Feb. 27, 2020, with firefighters finding Vandiver and Candace Walton’s brother Gerald Walton inside.

U.S. marshals arrested Candace Walton, then 16, later the same day near Paducah, Kentucky, driving her mother’s 2007 Chevrolet Malibu.

Adams has said authorities believe Candace Walton was trying to drive to Oregon to live her with boyfriend, Kaleo Pangelinan. The two had met when Pangelinan attended school in with Walton in Monroe County.

“There was a tax rebate that was cashed by the mom that was stolen, we believe by Candace, and she stole mom’s car, the cash rebate, and was driving to Oregon to visit the boyfriend essentially to start over a new life,” Adams told WMAZ-TV.

Pangelinan was arrested in May 2020 in Roseburg, Oregon, and charged with two counts of murder in connection with the deaths. He’s expected to be tried later this year. His attorney has previously argued that Pangelinan had “no hand” in the murders. Prosecutors, though, presented evidence in court Wednesday showing Walton and Pangelinan exchanged messages about how Walton could kill her mother and brother.

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Candace Walton stood before a judge Wednesday morning where she pled guilty to several counts, and in that courtroom, there was complete silence but an overwhelming amount of emotion as details of what happened to her brother and her mother came to light.

“We can’t bring Tasha and Gerald back, but we can stand up and pray that Candace and her boyfriend are charged with these crimes,” the prosecution said.

That’s what Crystal Vandiver told her niece Candace Walton before she was sentenced for arson and murder.

The victims were Candace’s mother and brother.

“Around 2:56 a.m. on February 27, the defendant messaged the boyfriend Kaleo saying, ‘I’ve done it.’ She asked for directions to Oregon and then says, ‘I set it to fire,'” the prosecution said in court.

Prosecutors say Candace and her boyfriend Kaleo Pangelian exchanged more than 80,000 text messages planning the murder.

“They discussed how the defendant had been putting a mix of medications in her mother and brother’s drinks and it was making them throw up, but it wasn’t killing them. They discussed different options on how she could kill them at one point. The defendant said, ‘Poison, knife, gun, or suffocate,'” the prosecution said.

But Walton’s lawyer told the judge that she was just a child.

“Just barely 16, a child, and as she stands here today, she’s barely 18 — still a child,” her lawyer said, and he said the case was more complicated than it looked.

“But worry that she’s in that house, there were some things going on — some physical abuse by some people that were coming in and out of that house that she dealt with,” her lawyer said.

Then Walton herself spoke to the judge.

“If there was a way to go back and change what I did, I would,” Walton said.

She said she thinks about her mom and brother constantly and asked her family for forgiveness, but her aunt said they want to cut all ties.

“I don’t want nothing to do with her,” the victim’s sister said.

Both Jade Gordy and Crystal Vandiver say it’s painful and no sentence can bring their loved ones back.

“I’m not really happy with the outcome, due to the fact she killed my special needs nephew and my sister and we can never get them back,” Vandiver said.

Walton was granted life with the possibility of parole despite the prosecution asking that she get two life sentences, saying that when she could make parole she would be 48, an age her mother nor her brother would ever reach.

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