Gypsy Blanchard Pleads Guilty to Murder of Mother

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- BREAKING NEWS:  Gypsy Blanchard has pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder in the killing of her mother, Clauddinea "Dee Dee" Blanchard.  By doing so, she will avoid trial.  The plea agreement with prosecutors calls for a 10 year prison sentence. 

In this case, investigators uncovered Dee Dee had been able to convince people for years her daughter suffered from several conditions that made her wheel-chair bound.     

These revelations had a significant impact on the plea agreement worked out between the prosecutor and Blanchard's defense team.

10 years is the minimum sentence for 2nd degree murder under Missouri law. As a class A felony, it carries a 10-30 year sentence. 

Gypsy Blanchard will have to serve at least 85% of her sentence before she is eligible for parole.

On April 13th, 2016, Gypsy Blanchard's attorneys elected not to use an insanity defense in this case.

Blanchard was charged for allegedly helping Nicholas Godejohn in a plot to kill her mother last June.

Attorney Mike Stanfield, a member of the defense team for Gypsy Blanchard, discussed her plea of guilty in Greene County court today.  Stanfield told reporters Gypsy had been abused by her mother. "It's the best outcome for her, the state of Missouri and everyone involved." Stanfield says Gypsy has gained more than 10 pounds since her arrest and has healthier looking skin.

Had this case gone to trial, Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson said his office would have proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Gypsy accompanied her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, at the scene of this crime and discussed the plot extensively with him over texts and social media.

Gypsy's defense team did not say today if her plea is contingent upon her providing information in the prosecution of Godejohn.

But the defense says the evidence in this case was;  "like none other" and the agreement reached is indicative of the way the prosecutor and defense feel about Gypsy's suffering at the hands of Dee Dee.

Godejohn is currently scheduled to stand trial in November.



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