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Woman enters guilty plea in Johnson County murder case

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
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Paintsville Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE 6/21/13 4:36 p.m.

After two plea agreements a Johnson County woman will now be sentenced for her role in a double murder case.

Amanda Fannin pleaded guilty Friday to hindering the prosecution in the case of Larry and Sandara Blanton's murders.

Fannin walked into court knowing it would be one of her last court appearances.

She admitted to a judge she hindered the prosecution in the double murder case.

She struck a deal with prosecutors earlier this year giving information leading to the Blanton's bodies and getting immunity from the case.

The couple's son Willie Blanton pleaded guilty to the murders and is serving two life sentences without parole.

"I bear a lot of hate and hard feelings toward him, and I'm just glad that he got what he deserved," said Larry Blanton's daughter Kim Borowski.

Friday Fannin signed the second deal with a recommended sentence of three years in jail.

"Three years? I'm just glad she's getting something for what she did," said Borowski.

Fannin's amended plea agreement does state that if there is proof that she was involved in the Blantons' deaths the agreement will be thrown out and she could be further charged.

"I don't think anybody ever gets closure because you never know what the real true story is of what happened, but we're just glad it's over," said Borowski.

It is a deal that may not satisfy all, but brings a painful chapter to an end for some.

Fannin's plea also included one charge of promoting contraband and one charge of flagrant non support.

Both are unrelated to the Blantons' case.

She will be formally sentenced July 19.

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ORIGINAL STORY 6/21/13

Amanda Fannin pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution in a Johnson County murder case this morning.

Fannin's boyfriend Willie Blanton pleaded guilty last week to murdering his parents Larry and Sandara Blanton.

Fannin admitted she knew about the murders but denies any involvement in them.

Prosecutors recommended a three year sentence for Fannin. She will be formally sentence on July 19.

A judge sentenced Willie Blanton to two life sentences without the possibility of parole on Monday.

Fannin also pleaded guilty to flagrant non-support and promoting contraband. Those charges are not connected to the murder case.


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