Thursday, December 13, 2012
A woman has been sentenced for the murder of her boyfriend's grandmother.
Thursday morning, a Butler County judge sentenced 20-year-old Lyndsey Giovinazzo to 25 years to life, meaning she will have to serve 25 years before she's eligible for parole.
Giovinazzo and Jacob Allen Hoyt were arrested in December 2011 for the murder of Hoyt's grandmother, 69-year-old Loyce Cody of Augusta. The two are accused of strangling Cody and taking a car, debit cards and candy from her Augusta home. They were arrested after a chase through Butler and Cowley counties.
Several of Cody's children gave powerful statements to Judge Jan Satterfield, as they asked for the toughest punishment possible.
"The only thing I pray for is that you get what's coming to you in prison," said Jerry Hoyt as he spoke directly to Giovinazzo. "And if you ever get released from prison and I'm alive, I swear to God you better watch yourself because I will take care of it."
One of Cody's daughters tearfully made sure Satterfield remembered that Giovinazzo helped kill Cody by suffocating her with plastic bags over her head.
"Lyndsey Giovinazzo gave no consideration for my mother's precious life. She is a cold-blooded killer."
In July, Giovinazzo pleaded guilty to first degree murder after striking a deal with District Attorney Darrin Devinney. 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.
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 go to trial this month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report