"I hate you for everything you've done to us," one of the victim's relatives said.
Trigger Warning: The following article contains graphic descriptions of violence which readers may find distressing.
A man from Oklahoma has been sentenced to life in prison without parole on Wednesday, March 15, for the murder of his uncle, his uncle's 4-year-old granddaughter, and a woman whose heart he cut out and cooked.
According to the court documents, Lawrence Paul Anderson, 44 confessed to stabbing 41-year-old Andrea Lynn Blankenship, his 67-year-old uncle Leon Pye and his granddaughter, Kaeos Yates, to death "on or about" February 9, 2021, in Chickasha, Okla as per NBC News.
The man also reportedly admitted to injuring his aunt Delsie Pye. It was alleged that the woman suffered a broken tailbone and ribs and now she can only see out of one eye after the other was gouged out, according to PEOPLE.
According to The Oklahoman, Andrea Lynn was Pyes' neighbor and the publication also reported that Anderson confessed to breaking into her house via her back door.
A victim impact statement by Delsie Pye was read in the court by Grady County District Attorney Jason Hicks, "I can't sleep at night without having nightmares of that night."
"To think a family member of mine could do this heinous crime breaks my heart," the statement continued. "Family means everything to me. As my nephew, I don't love you but I don't hate you ... I can't judge you. God will."
Oklahoma cannibal, Lawrence Paul Anderson, pled guilty yesterday for the 2021 murders of his neighbor, Andrea Lynn Blankenship, his uncle Leon Pye and his four-year-old niece, Kaeos Yates, in Chickasa. Anderson cut out his neighbor’s heart then cooked it with potatoes for his… https://t.co/O26wgLClUz pic.twitter.com/vMznCTmMSm— Southern Man (@MagicBelle1) March 16, 2023
Quindessa Flowers, another granddaughter of the Pyes, shouted in court, "You're not sad at all! Don't shed any fake as** tears!" She also read out her impact letter in which she screamed, "I hope you rot from the inside out,' 'You ain't no family of ours,' and 'I hate you for everything you've done to us."
It was also reported that nobody is seeing the death penalty anymore after the requests of the victim's families, "A lot of that was tied to they don't want a trial," Hicks said at a news conference after the sentencing, per The Oklahoman. "They don't want to sit in a courtroom and listen to all the gory details of what happened to their loved ones."
Anderson was released early from prison in January 2021 due to a mistake and all the murders took place after that. Delsie Pye and the families of other victims have sued Stitt, the pardon and parole board, and others for this federal civil rights violation related to the unplanned release of Anderson.
Oklahoma Man Out on Early Release Commits Triple Homicide — Murders Woman, Cooks Her Heart, Tries to Feed it to Relatives — Including Four-Year-Old Child https://t.co/weIaCXgjx3— The Gateway Pundit (@gatewaypundit) March 16, 2023
According to NBC, Anderson was released months after Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt commuted his prison sentence, but a grand jury investigation confirmed that Anderson was ineligible to commute. It was also reported that there was evidence of the killings including a voicemail that Anderson left, which had the screaming of the 4-year-old Kaeos Yates as she was being killed.
Tasha Yates, the little girl's mother yelled, "Who kills a baby ... who does that?" On judgment day, I pray your heart is full of fear,"
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