Man Sentenced To Life For Grandmother's Murder

By: KAKE News / Associated Press Email
By: KAKE News / Associated Press Email

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Friday, March 1, 2013

A man has been sentenced for the 2011 murder of his grandmother.

Friday morning, 20-year-old Jacob Allen Hoyt was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of of his grandmother, 69-year-old Loyce Cody. He will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

In December 2011, Cody was found dead in her Augusta home.

Her grandson, 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.

Hoyt was scheduled to go on trial in January, but reached a deal and pleaded guilty instead.

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.

Late last year, 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.

KAKE's Jason Tarr was in the courtroom for today's sentencing. Look for more on later KAKE newscasts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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