Lexington man gets 5 years probation for helping father cover up triple homicide

A Lexington man was given five years probation Friday for helping his father cover up a triple homicide in 2011.

William L. Blancet Jr., 24, appeared in Fayette Circuit Court to be sentenced for tampering with evidence.

Blancet's father, William Lee "Willie" Blancet Sr. was convicted in January for killing Donald Adams Sr., 57; Donald Adams Jr., 33; and Ronnie Sparks Jr., 28. . Police said the slayings were drug-related and Blancet Sr. stole oxycodone pills from the home after killing the men in January 2011.The senior Blancet accepted a plea deal that spared him the death penalty. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and two counts of possession of controlled substances. He also was convicted of two counts of wanton endangerment because two children were in the home at the time of the shooting.

As part of his conditions for probation, the junior Blancet has to maintain a job, he cannot have contact with the victims' families and he must report to alcohol and drug treatment, according to court documents.

In July, Stephanie M. Gudger, director of programs at the jail's Hope Center Recovery Program wrote a letter to Judge Pamela R. Goodwine, saying Blancet Jr. entered the facility in early March and was performing well.

The letter, filed in Blancet's circuit court record, said the junior Blancet "has shown a willingness to confront his substance abuse problems, completed assignments on time, and carried out duties required of him to date" She recommended that Blancet Jr., further his treatment and asked for his efforts to be considered when his felony case is being reviewed.