Man Sentenced To Life In Prison After Killing Uncle, 4-Year-Old, and Woman Whose Heart He Cut Out and Reportedly Cooked

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

A man from Oklahoma who pleaded guilty to murdering three people and tearing out and cooking the heart of one of the victims merely weeks after he was released from prison has been sentenced to life, officials say, reports the New York Post

On Wednesday, Lawrence Paul Anderson pleaded guilty to several counts of assault and battery, maiming, and murder in connection to the 2021 murder of his uncle Leon Pye, 67, 41-year-old Andrea Lynn Blankenship, and Pye’s 4-year-old granddaughter Kaeos Yates. 

The man evaded the death penalty in exchange for his guilty pleas, which was requested by the victim’s families. He was instead sentenced to life in prison, prosecutor Jason Hicks informed officials.

Tasha, the child’s mother, provided several victim-impact statements, which were read prior to Anderson’s sentencing. She yelled,

“Who kills a baby … who does that?” 

The prosecutor said the families didn’t wish for the case to go to trial.

The attack occurred back in February 2021 –merely weeks after he was released from prison. Anderson was previously jailed on drug-related charges; however, his 20-year sentence was reduced due to

“a mistaken recommendation from Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board,”

reports The Post. 

Anderson stabbed Blankenship to death after breaking into her residence, officials say. He then went on to remove her heart and carried it with him to Pye’s home. Officials say he cooked her heart and attempted to feed it to relatives before fatally stabbing Yates and his uncle. He also stabbed his aunt multiple times; however, she survived. 

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