A Springfield woman pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder for the stabbing death of her mother last year.
Prosecutors say Gypsy Blanchard told her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, to stab her mother, Clauddinnea “Dee Dee” Blanchard, to death in June of last year. The couple then took money from a safe in the Springfield home and returned to his home in Big Bend, Wisconsin where they were arrested.
After the murder it was revealed Gypsy and her mother had lied about Gypsy being disabled and wheelchair bound in order to take advantage of charities, including Habitat for Humanity. The Blanchard’s claimed they were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and bought the home from Habitat.
Gypsy’s attorney Mike Stanfield said as part of those deceptions, Gypsy was abused and that played a role in her getting a plea deal.
“It became abundantly clear as we went through more and more and more of the records that Gypsy’s mom was abusing her physically, medically,” said Stanfield. “Giving her medication she didn’t need, having her go through procedures that she didn’t need to the point where most of Gypsy’s teeth are not even hers because of the medication that her mom was giving her.”
Gypsy was sentenced to 10 years in prison. With time served, she will spend another 8.5 years in prison.
Godejohn faces trial for murder later this year.
Jason Rima, KTTS, contributed to this story.