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US: 'Oklahoma cannibal' sentenced to life in prison for murder and mutilation


The suspect pleaded guilty on Wednesday March 15 to the murder of three people. Among the victims, a woman whose heart was cut before being served food.

Lawrence Paul Anderson, 44, was sentenced to life in prison by Grady County District Court for a triple murder dating back to 2021. The facts took place a few weeks after he was released from prison by mistake.

The man faced three counts: first degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon and dismemberment.

He pleaded guilty to each of them.

Laurence Paul Anderson will not be eligible for parole.

The families of the victims have asked the prosecutor in charge of the case not to plead for the death penalty.

Anderson's killing spree begins on February 9, 2021, when he breaks into the home of 42-year-old Andrea Lynn Blankenship.

There, he stabs her to death.

Once the coup de grace has been delivered, he cuts out his heart before transporting it to his uncle and aunt and their four-year-old granddaughter, neighbors of the victim.

On the spot, the horror crosses a new stage.

Anderson decides to cook Andrea Lynn Blankenship's heart with potatoes to be eaten by her family.

He then decides to attack the couple and their granddaughter.

The man and the child will not survive.

The assailant's aunt is seriously stabbed, but she manages to survive and contact the police.

When arrested, Anderson said he fed the heart to "

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A political scandal

In addition to the violence of the facts, the affair caused a scandal in the United States by its political aspect.

It revives the debate on the commutation of sentence or the partial or total reduction of a sentence.

In 2017, Lawrence Paul Anderson was sentenced to 20 years in prison for a drug offense.

Three years later, his sentence was reduced by nine years by the Oklahoma Pardons and Parole Board.

To go before the commission, you must be eligible for the commutation of sentence.

To be, it is necessary to have the approval of the governor.

Governor Kevin Stitt is the one who validated the reduced sentence of Lawrence Paul Anderson.

In the midst of his re-election campaign, he was strongly criticized for this release.

Advertising campaigns were paid to openly criticize his role in this case.

Additionally, a federal court investigation found Anderson had previously applied to the commission, which denied his application in July 2019. Under the rules, he could not seek another commutation for three years.

However, he applied in August 2019 which was eventually accepted.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-03-17

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