In a gruesome incident enough to be labelled ‘Oklohoma Horror’, a man was found guilty of murdering a woman by cutting her heart out, cooking for his own family, and then killing all his family members. The man accused of the spine-chilling act of crime was identified as Lawrence Paul Anderson. Lawrence reportedly committed heinous crimes right after receiving an early release from prison.
The gruesome attack happened in February 2021 when Anderson broke into the home of Andrea Lynn Blankenship, fatally stabbed her and cut out her heart. Anderson then took the heart to the home of his uncle and aunt, Leon Pye and Delsie Pye, and tried to serve it to them. He then fatally stabbed Leon Pye, and his 4-year-old granddaughter, Kaeos Yates, and wounded his aunt, Delsie Pye.
According to investigators, Anderson was released less than a month before the attack after serving a 20-year prison sentence for drug-related crimes.
The judge who denied Anderson bail stated that he faced three counts of first-degree murder, one count of assault, and one count of maiming. During his initial court appearance, Anderson sobbed and stated that he did not want bail.
In a recent hearing of the matter, Anderson pleaded guilty in Grady County District Court to multiple charges. He was sentenced to life without parole.
The Facts of the Matter
The recent sentencing of an Oklahoma man to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering three people, including a woman whose heart was cut from her body, has once again brought attention to the traumatic impact of violent crime on both victims and perpetrators.
As the families of the victims in this case chose to avoid the ordeal of a trial, Lawrence Paul Anderson’s guilty plea displayed the weight that incidents of horrific violence can have on those responsible, and the long-lasting consequences of such crimes on individuals and communities alike.
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Lawrence Paul Anderson’s Guilty Plea
Lawrence Paul Anderson pleaded guilty to the brutal killing of three individuals and causing critical injury to one in 2021. On March 15, 2023, he was sentenced to life imprisonment with no chance of parole.
It was a gruesome and shocking crime that left the entire community in disbelief. Lawrence Paul Anderson, a man just released from prison as part of a mass commutation effort in the state, brutally killed three people and critically injured one in 2021.
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Account of Disturbing Crimes (Trigger Warning)
Prosecutors revealed that Anderson had not only killed his victim, but had also cut out her heart and brought it to his aunt and uncle’s house, where he cooked it with potatoes. And if that wasn’t horrific enough, he then attempted to serve the heart to his unsuspecting relatives before killing his uncle and his four-year-old granddaughter.
Anderson pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder, one count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and one count of maiming. In a sentence that sent shockwaves throughout the courtroom, he was handed down five consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole.
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“Kept me up at night..”: Attorney Gives Account of Crimes
During the trial District Attorney Jason Hicks gave a heartbreaking narration about the incident, and shared his perspective for the case
“There’s evidence in possession of my office as well as the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation that’s so shocking, after I reviewed it, it kept me up at night for weeks. The intent of that agreement is to ensure he never steps outside of the prison.”
Not only that but to ensure that nobody can ever modify these sentences. That was something that was extremely important to not only my office, but also to the family members of the victims in this case,” he was quoted saying.
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