WINCHESTER — The woman who pleaded guilty last month to two counts of murder in the deaths of her daughter and granddaughter was sentenced Thursday to life without the possibility of parole.
Lillie Stanton, 49, of Winchester thus avoided the death penalty. The sentencing took less than 30 seconds as Clark Circuit Judge William Clouse pronounced the sentence. Stanton said nothing. She declined a Herald-Leader request for an interview.
Stanton was indicted in 2012 in the deaths of her daughter, Danel Korrey Stanton, 23, and her 22-month-old granddaughter, Kaydence Ray Miers. Stanton admitted to Winchester police that she slashed the victims' throats because she feared that Kaydence's father, Jonathon Miers, was about to gain more visitation time, according to court records. She admitted that she cut her own throat and wrists after the killings, police said.
The deaths occurred May 20, 2012, at a house on Vaught Road in Winchester where Lillie Stanton lived with her daughter and granddaughter.
Lillie Stanton told police that she lifted Kaydence Miers from a bed where she was sleeping, carried her to the basement and slit her throat, according to court documents. She said she then cut Danel Korrey Stanton's throat and, when that wasn't successful, suffocated her.
Lillie Stanton's former husband, Robert Stanton, arrived home in late afternoon and found the bodies. He then called police.
Lillie Stanton was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with self-inflicted wounds. Police said they arrested her at the hospital after she admitted to the slayings.
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