Friday, January 11, 2013
A man has pleaded guilty to the 2011 murder of his grandmother.
Friday morning, 20-year-old Jacob Allen Hoyt was supposed to be in court for a final motion hearing before his trial next week. Instead, a deal was reached and he pleaded guilty to murder.
In December 2011, 69-year-old Loyce Cody was found dead in her Augusta home.
Her grandson, Jacob Hoyt, and his girlfriend were later arrested after a chase through Butler and Cowley Counties. Authorities said the two strangled Cody, then took her car, debit cards and candy.
In July of last year his co-defendant, 20-year-old Lyndsey Giovinazzo, pleaded guilty to first degree murder after striking a deal with the district attorney. She later tried to withdraw the plea, saying her former attorney didn't listen to her and convinced her that she would get a Hard 50 sentence if she went to trial. The judge denied her request.
Last month, she was sentenced to 25 years to life, meaning she will have to serve 25 years before she's eligible for parole.
In that hearing one of Cody's daughters tearfully made sure Judge Satterfield remembered that Giovinazzo helped kill Cody by suffocating her with plastic bags over her head.
Cody, a colon cancer survivor, was employed with the Wichita School District. She was a pre-kindergarten special needs teacher at Cessna Elementary and had been with the district for five years.
Both Giovinazzo and Hoyt were 19 years old at the time of their arrests.
Hoyt is scheduled to be sentenced in March.
The Associated Press contributed to this report