A North Carolina woman who was convicted alongside her husband of killing and dismembering her husband’s ex-girlfriend more than three years ago has been given extra jail time for trying to feed the woman's body to alligators.
Amanda Hayes (pictured, left) and Grant Ruffin Hayes III were convicted in 2014 of dismembering 27-year-old Laura Ackerson three years earlier because of a brutal custody dispute over the two children she had with Grant Hayes, according to WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. Amanda Hayes was sentenced to 13 to 16 years for second-degree murder. Grant Hayes was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Prosecutors said the couple cut up the mother of two’s body with a power saw before putting the body parts in coolers and then driving the remains in a rented U-Haul to Amanda's sister's house in Richmond, Texas.
They said that new evidence revealed that Amanda attempted to dissolve Ackerson’s remains with acid at her sibling’s house before dumping her body parts in a creek full of alligators.
"The couple first attempted to use muriatic acid to destroy Ackerson's body," authorities said in a press release obtained by KTRK in Houston, Texas. "When that didn't work, they took a boat onto Oyster Creek and dumped Laura's body parts into the water with hopes that alligators would eat her remains."
Last week, Amanda was convicted of tampering with evidence and given an extra two decades behind bars in Texas. The additional 20-year sentence will be served consecutively with her shorter North Carolina sentence, KTRK reported.
"The jury verdict was swift and the Court's sentence was appropriately harsh," lead prosecutor Amanda Bolin told the Houston Chronicle. "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."
[Photo: Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Facebook]
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