Lexington man pleads guilty to three counts of murder in 2011 slayings

William Lee "Willie" Blancet, 41, was charged in 3 homicides.
William Lee "Willie" Blancet, 41, was charged in 3 homicides.

A Lexington man avoided a possible death sentence Tuesday when he pleaded guilty to three counts of murder in the January 2011 slayings of three men on Shaker Run Road.

William Lee Blancet Sr., 43, has agreed to accept a sentence of life in prison without parole. He was indicted in the shooting deaths of Donald Adams Sr., 57, Donald Adams Jr., 33, and Ronnie Sparks, 28, on Jan. 4, 2011.

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

Jury selection was scheduled to begin Friday in Blancet's trial, which was scheduled to run through July 3, but Blancet decided to change his plea.

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.

The recommended sentences were 20 years on the robbery and five years each on all the remaining counts.

Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine scheduled sentencing for July 19.

Blancet's son, William Blancet Jr., was indicted on a charge of tampering with evidence in connection with the shooting. But the elder Blancet said Tuesday in court that he is the one who hid the gun.

The younger Blancet told police he thought his father shot the men because he was angry about being "ripped off" and tired of being out of money because of drug deals with Adams Jr., a detective said during a 2011 preliminary hearing.

A status hearing on the younger Blancet's case is scheduled for July 12. He also pleaded guilty May 23 to third-degree burglary and receiving stolen property in another case. The recommended sentence was one year in prison on each charge, according to court records. He is to be sentenced June 28 on those charges.

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