RICHMOND, Texas — A cold-blooded killer was sentenced to 20 years in a Texas prison for chopping up her husband’s ex-girlfriend’s body and trying to feed it to alligators.
The sentence comes on top of the 13-to-16-years Amanda Hayes is already serving in North Carolina for the grisly 2011 slaying.
Prosecutors say cops in Fort Bend County discovered the dismembered remains of Laura Ackerson, a 27-year-old mother of two from North Carolina in Oyster Creek in Richmond, Texas, on July 24, 2011.
Ackerson had disappeared a week earlier when she headed over to Grant and Amanda Hayes’ home to pick up the children she shared with Grant Hayes.
The couple was later charged and convicted for Ackerson’s murder, with evidence showing that had killed Ackerson in their Raleigh, North Carolina apartment, cut up her body, and then transported it in coolers to the home of the 46-year-old Amanda Hayes’ sister in Richmond, Texas.
Once in Richmond, the couple first tried to dissolved Ackerson’s body using muriatic acid, but it didn’t work. So they then took a boat onto Oyster Creek and dumped Laura’s body parts into the water with the hope that alligators would eat her remains.
At trial, Hayes testified that she didn’t kill Ackerson and only helped get rid of her body in Texas because her husband threatened her if she didn’t help. She was convicted in just an hour and a half.
Grant Hayes is already serving a life sentence in North Carolina for Ackerman’s murder of Ackerman. Amanda Hayes will now serve a combined 36 years for Ackerman’s slaying.
“The jury verdict was swift and the Court’s sentence was appropriately harsh,” said lead prosecutor Amanda Bolin. “Laura Ackerson’s family can be assured that Amanda Hayes will be punished for all of her barbaric behavior – whether it was in North Carolina or the great state of Texas.”