Springfield woman pleads guilty in mother's death

2 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, July 05 2016 Jul 5, 2016 Tuesday, July 05, 2016 12:43:00 PM CDT July 05, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD — A 24-year-old Springfield woman who authorities say was abused by her mother for decades was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the woman's death.

Gypsy Blanchard agreed to the plea deal Tuesday in June 2015 death of 48-year-old Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blanchard at their home near Springfield.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson said he could have secured a first-degree murder conviction but he didn't believe that was fair because of the extreme abuse Gypsy Blanchard suffered from her mother. Authorities say Gypsy Blanchard was kept a virtual prisoner in their home and was forced to pretend she was disabled.

Gypsy Blanchard's boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, of Big Bend, Wisconsin, faces trial on a first-degree murder charge in November.

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