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Gypsy, who had been her mother’s prisoner for life as a phony disabled child and young adult, was offered a reduced charge of second degree murder and sentenced to 10 years (the minimum charge for second degree murder) by Greene County Circuit Court Judge Calvin Holden Tuesday morning. She pled guilty to the reduced charge. Gypsy was denied probation and will receive credit for her one year served waiting trial. She will be required to serve 8.5 years before she is eligible for parole, according to the prosecution.
When the judge asked Gypsy Blanchard on Tuesday how far she went in school, she replied, “second grade.”
Gypsy and her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, initially were charged with 1st degree murder and armed criminal action in the stabbing death of Dee Dee Blancharde last June. They stole a couple of thousand dollars from Dee Dee and hopped a bus for Wisconsin, where they were apprehended.
Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson today said that “while the evidence in this case clearly established that Gypsy Blanchard was guilty of murder and that the murder was neither justifiable nor excusable, the amended charge and ten year sentence fairly and justly holds Gypsy Blanchard accountable to the law while also taking into account the extreme mitigating circumstances of the nearly two decades of systematic and purposeful abuse of Gypsy Blanchard by her mother to facilitate her mother’s fraudulent schemes.”
Dee Dee had used her daughter for financial gain masquerading her as a severely disabled child, keeping her in a wheel chair and passing her off with deadly illness for her gain.
Gypsy broke free from her mother last June when Godejohn, a man she met on the Internet, came to her home and stabbed her mother, he says at Gypsy’s request
To view the probable cause statement, click HERE.
Godejohn, 27, still charged with first degree murder, has a pre trial hearing scheduled for July 12. A trial is scheduled to begin on Nov. 28. Godejohn’s attorney Dewayne Perry in April said his client would not be changing his plea to not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
The Blanchards moved to the Springfield area from New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Dee Dee changed their name to Blancharde. She picked up a Habitat for Humanity house here and Dee Dee went to work with Gypsy in tow. She established Go Fund Me accounts and worked local hospitals and anything medical.