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Plea deal leads officials to missing couple's bodies

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

UPDATE 6:27 p.m.:

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Just a few days have passed since the bodies of a Johnson County couple were found buried in a shallow grave, but we have learned a person of interest in the case has struck a deal with prosecutors.

That agreement ended what police call five long months of searching.

"From the get go nothing added up. Our finding didn't shock me any," said Sheriff Dwayne Price.

They found both bodies buried behind their barn. It was a discovery one of Sandara Blanton's sons, Anthony Dale, says may have been expected but was still hard to bare.

"I never thought that she would go before me and in this matter. It's just something I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemies," said Dale.

It seems a plea agreement is what led them there, signed by Amanda Fannin, girlfriend of the couple's son Willie Blanton and a person of interest in the disappearance.

Mountain News obtained a copy of the plea agreement that shows in exchange for information about what happened to the couple Amanda Fannin cannot be charged with anything regarding the Blanton's case unless there is proof she was involved in their death.

Another part of the agreement states that, if charged with the murders, Willie Blanton will not face the death penalty.

"I hope they don't ask for the death penalty because I want him to sit in there the rest of his life. When I stood up on that hill and asked him what he'd done with mom and dad and he couldn't look me in my eyes for even a second I knew then he was guilty," said Dale.

Willie Blanton has told Mountain News on several occassions he had nothing to do with his parents' disappearance.

For other family members, understanding what happened or why may be impossible.

"My mom was my everything, my world," said Dale.

Investigators plan to take the case to the Johnson County grand jury March 20.

Both Willie Blanton and Amanda Fannin are still behind bars on other charges.

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A plea agreement has been signed and filed in relation to the death of Larry and Sandara Blanton.

Amanda Fannin, a person of interest in the case, has signed a plea deal that will prevent charges from being filed against her. In return, she has agreed to testify in the case and give a full statement concerning any knowledge about the disappearance, death and burial of Larry and Sandara Blanton.

The deal also prevents her from being prosecuted for other open charges and protects William Blanton, her boyfriend and the other person of interest in the case, from being given the death penalty.

WYMT-TV is following this developing story and will provide information as it becomes available.


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