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Woman gets 25 years for role in death of boyfriend’s grandmother

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at 8:31 p.m.

A woman was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for her role in strangulation death of her boyfriend’s grandmother, a spokeswoman for the Butler County attorney’s office said Thursday.

Lyndsey R. Giovinazzo, 20, pleaded guilty in July to the first-degree murder of 69-year-old Loyce Cody. Giovinazzo tried to change her plea Nov. 27 after she claimed her trial attorney gave her poor advice, but Butler County District Court Judge Jan Satterfield rejected the request.

On Thursday, Satterfield imposed the prison term and ordered Giovinazzo to pay $5,000 in restitution to the Crime Victim’s Compensation Board, the spokeswoman for Butler County Attorney Office said.

Cody, who taught at a Wichita elementary school, was found dead in a bedroom of her Augusta home in December 2011. Her car and debit cards were missing.

Giovinazzo and Cody’s grandson, Jacob A. Hoyt, later were arrested in connection with her slaying. Both were 19 at the time.

Hoyt, who faces a first-degree murder charge in his grandmother’s death, is scheduled for trial Jan. 14. He also is accused of arson and felony theft, the Butler County attorney’s spokeswoman said. His trial was originally set for Dec. 10.

Hoyt is in the Butler County Jail on a $1 million bond.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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