EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) A south-central Kansas woman will spend at least 25 years behind bars for helping murder her boyfriend’s grandmother one year ago.
KAKE-TV reports 20-year-old Lyndsey Giovinazzo was sentenced Thursday in Butler County District Court to 25 years to life in prison.
Giovinazzo pleaded guilty in July to first-degree murder in the December 2011 strangling of Loyce Cody, grandmother of Jacob Allen Hoyt. The 69-year-old pre-school teacher was strangled in her Augusta home, where a car, debit cards and candy were stolen.
Hoyt’s trial had been scheduled for this month but has been postponed.
Hoyt and Giovinazzo were arrested shortly after the killing. They were driving Cody’s car when they arrested after a chase that reached 100 mph through Butler and Cowley counties.