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Housekeeper gets life in killing of scientist

January 5th, 2012 10:22 am by Staff Report

Housekeeper gets life in killing of scientist

BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former northern Kentucky house cleaning woman has been sentenced to life in prison in the murder of a retired Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist.

Willa Blanc received the sentence Wednesday in Boone Circuit Court at Burlington, according to The Kentucky Enquirer (

The 50-year-old Blanc pleaded guilty last month in the death of 73-year-old Walter Sartory.

Sartory's burned body was found in March 2009 in Indiana about two weeks after friends from an Internet bulletin board reported him missing from his home in Hebron.

Authorities believe Sartory was kidnapped and taken to the basement of Blanc's home in Union, where he died about a week later.

Sartory's bank accounts were raided of about $200,000.


Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer,

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