SPRINGFIELD — A case that has gripped Springfield for years had one of its final chapters written today.
Nicholas Godejohn was sentenced by a Greene County Judge.
Godejohn was found guilty back in November of Armed Criminal Action — and the First Degree murder of Dee Dee Blanchard.
Dee Dee was the mother of his then-girlfriend, Gypsy, who he met online.
Godejohn’s first-degree murder conviction comes with a life sentence without parole, so Friday’s hearing was really about the sentencing that goes along with the armed criminal action conviction.
The armed criminal action stems from the knife Godejohn killed Dee Dee Blanchard with.
Judge David Jones first heard from the state who asked for a sentencing of 30 years.
The defense countered, requesting the lightest possible jail sentence. They cited factors of Godejohn being on the autism spectrum, and discussed the 10-year sentence given to Gypsy Blanchard, who convinced Godejohn to kill her mother.
Then, Godejohn explained to Judge Jones that he was essentially fooled by love.
“I’ve never known what it was like to have a female connection. I’ve never known any of that. They’ve always said love is blind. They’ve always said that. I’ll admit it, I was blindly in love. I understand that you’re a fair judge. I’ve heard it from both my attorneys, and all I ask is just for mercy please. Mercy of any form. That’s all I ask,” Godejohn pleaded.
But Judge Jones ruled that Godejohn would serve 25 years for the armed criminal action conviction.
It really doesn’t change much, as this 25 years will be served concurrently — or at the same time — as his life sentence.
Going forward, Godejohn is denied judgement for acquittal and was denied a new trial, but he can appeal today’s ruling to a higher court
Godejohn acknowledged that he plans to do that.