Lexington man sentenced to life in prison for triple homicide

tharrison@herald-leader.comJuly 19, 2013 

A Lexington man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for three murders committed in January 2011.

William Lee Blancet Sr., 43, was convicted of killing Donald Adams Jr., 33, Donald Adams Sr., 57, and Ronnie Sparks, 28, on Jan. 4, 2011.

Blancet pleaded guilty to the slayings on June 4, agreeing to a life sentence without parole. By accepting the plea, he avoided the possibility of a death sentence.

Police said the slayings were drug-related and that Blancet stole oxycodone pills from the home after killing the three men.

In addition to the murder charges, Blancet pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, tampering with evidence for hiding the gun, two counts of possession of controlled substances, and two counts of wanton endangerment. Two children were in the house at the time of the shootings.

Family and friends said they were expecting Blancet to apologize. However, Blancet did not apologize or make any other comments during Friday's sentencing.

Afterward, Doug Comley, Ronnie Sparks' brother, said that he had issues with the case's outcome.

"I don't agree with it, but whatever happens, it's not going to be bring my brother back," he said.

Comley said he could not say what he wanted to happen because he doesn't want to judge another man's life. He said Blancet took three lives.

"But whatever happens, my brother is gone, along with the other two," Comley said. "They're gone, they're not coming back. So you know, at least he can't be free out here seeing his family even though we can still see the family that we have. He can't."

Comley said he would have expected an apology from Blancet, but all the families got was a dirty look, he said.

He said Ronnie was the youngest in the family. "So that was my little brother. And it is hard, the way he died."

Comley said he wants to know if his brother suffered.

"And we don't know," he said. "All we know is that he's gone and he's not coming back."

Christine Jones, the wife of Donald Adams Sr. and mother of Donald Adams Jr., said despite the verdict, nothing will give the families the justice they need.

"But this is pretty close," she said.

Jones said she doesn't feel any closure, but is glad they don't have to go to the courts anymore.

"So I get to go to the cemetery and tell my son that it's over," she said.

Taylor Harrison: (859) 231-1324. Twitter: @heraldleader.

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