Weeks after being released from jail as part of a broad commutation push, an Oklahoma man admitted to killing three people. Which include a lady whose heart was severed from her body, and was given a life term.
In Grady County District Court US on Wednesday, Lawrence Paul Anderson, entered a plea of guilty to three counts of murder. Also, single counts of maiming and assault and abuse. Anderson is given a life sentence without the possibility of parole as part of a plea agreement. In the same, prosecutor Jason Hicks decided not to pursue the death penalty. The same was at the requests of the families of the victims. After the sentence, Hicks stated at a press conference, “They don’t want a trial.” They don’t want to sit in a courtroom and hear the graphic details of what occurred to their loved ones. According to the prosecutor.
What actually happened?
According to investigations, Lawrence broke into Andrea Lynn Blankenship’s home, fatally stabbed her, and cut out her heart. Later, he brought it to the house of his uncle and aunt, Leon Pye and Delsie Pye. Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, was finally found dead.
According to authorities, Anderson prepared the heart and also attempted to give it to the Pyes family. This was before killing stabbing Leon Pye, and his 4-year-old granddaughter, Kaeos Yates, as well as his aunt, Delsie Pye. Delsie Pye, 66, expressed her heartbreak at a family member committing such a crime during the sentence hearing.
Anderson was just released from jail:
Anderson’s 20-year jail sentence for drug-related crimes was commuted by Governor Kevin Stitt. On the advice of the state Pardon and Parole Board, and he was freed less than a month before the February 2021 attacks.
When the board denied his plea for a commutation in July 2019, a grand jury inquiry revealed Anderson was unjustly added to the commutation docket in August 2019. As a result, he must now wait three years before reapplying as required by board regulations.
The second request was granted by Stitt after the board made its commutation recommendation. Stitt, the Pardon and Parole Board, and other parties have further been sued by Delsie Pye and the relatives of the victims. The same are for federal civil rights violations connected to Anderson’s release.
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