Willie Blanton accepts plea deal in murder of parents

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - There’s been a new twist in the case of an eastern Kentucky man charged with murdering his parents.

A grand jury indicted Willie Blanton earlier this year after his parents' bodies were found near a barn on their Johnson County farm months after they had been reported missing.

On Friday, Blanton agreed to a plea deal in the case.

During Friday’s pretrial conference, Willie Blanton made a surprising decision when he pleaded guilty to the murder of his parents.

In Lawrence County Circuit Court, 30-year-old Willie Blanton plead guilty to murdering his parents, Larry and Sandara.

Larry and Sandara Blanton were reported missing in September 2012 and five months later their decomposed bodies were found buried on their farm.

Blanton’s ex-girlfriend Amanda Fannin, who allegedly helped investigators locate the bodies, could still face charges in the case. Fannin was given a plea agreement offering her immunity unless there was proof she was involved. Now prosecutors say that could be the case.

As for Willie Blanton, the Commonwealth recommended life in prison without parole on both murder charges and ten years for every other charge--all to run concurrently.

Blanton also pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence, being a persistent felon and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Blanton’s formal sentencing will take place on Monday in Johnson County at 8:00 a.m.

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