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Man pleads guilty to killings, cutting heart


An Oklahoma man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing three people, including a woman whose heart was cut from her body, weeks after being released from prison as part of a mass commutatio­n effort.

Lawrence Paul Anderson, 44, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Grady County District Court to three counts of murder and single counts of maiming and assault and battery.

Anderson was sentenced to life without parole as part of a plea deal in which prosecutor Jason Hicks dropped plans to seek the death penalty at the request of the victims’ families.

Investigat­ors said Anderson broke into the home of Andrea Lynn Blankenshi­p, 41, fatally stabbed her and cut out and took her heart to the home of his uncle and aunt, Leon Pye and Delsie Pye. Anderson then cooked and tried to serve the heart to the Pyes, then fatally stabbed Leon Pye, 67, and his 4-year-old granddaugh­ter, Kaeos Yates, and wounded his aunt, Delsie Pye, authoritie­s said.

Anderson was released from prison less than a month before the February 2021 attacks after his 20-year prison sentence for drug-related crimes was commuted by Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) following a recommenda­tion from the state Pardon and Parole Board.

A grand jury investigat­ion later found Anderson was wrongly placed on the commutatio­n docket in August 2019 after the board in July 2019 rejected his commutatio­n request, which under board rules require that he wait three years before reapplying.

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