Amanda McGhee pleads guilty to killing father, stepmother

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The girl who plotted to kill her father and stepmother in 2007 at their Jolly Lane home pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of second degree murder.

Amanda Dawn McGhee was sentenced to 20 years for the death of her father, and 25 years for the death of her stepmother. She'll serve the two sentences consecutively, for a total of 45 years in prison. However, she can get a 15 percent reduction in her sentence for good behavior.

McGhee conspired with her boyfriend, Andrew Bryan Mann to kill Terrance and Alisa McGhee. The murders took place on June 29, 2007.

In a taped confession, McGhee told investigators that she and Mann plotted the murders over a number of weeks. McGhee told interrogators that the original plot had involved battery acid, but said she and Mann decided to use her father's gun instead.

McGhee, in the taped interrogation, told police her father Terrance McGhee lay alive for hours in his bed making strange noises before he died. McGhee said she called her stepmother Alisa McGhee at work the day of the murders to tell her she loved her, and to ask when she'd be home.

McGhee was 15 years old and pregnant with Mann's child. He was 21 at the time. McGhee gave birth while in Knox County Juvenile custody.


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  • by Steve Location: Western Australis on Feb 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM
    Just watched Snapped on crime channel..... No matter what age, if your old enough to know what your doing, your old enough know the consequence's .. This consequence? Death penalty!!! Life for life!
  • by christi Location: knoxville on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM
    Are you kidding me Donna? She is 15yrs old! She knows better, I have a 13yr old that God Forbid she ever do something like this would have to follow the consequences! And should! This is whats wrong w/ the world today, always an excuse... she killed her PARENTS.... We need to pray for her salvation is what needs to be done.
  • by donna Location: tn on Dec 26, 2011 at 02:59 AM
    this is sad and messed up......how could a kid do this
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      by christi on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM in reply to donna
      i'm sorry Donna, that comment was meant for Jude... read names wrong, :/
  • by jeff Location: redondo beach on Nov 27, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    yay team! they got her and she's in prison for good.
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      by Jude on Jan 2, 2012 at 04:47 PM in reply to jeff
      It's insane that someone who did this as a 15 year old is allowed to be tried as an adult. A sick and wrong justice system. America's so weird.
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        by christi on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM in reply to Jude
        I posted a comment but directed it toward Donna, although it was meant for Jude... so please read Jude! She SHOULD be tried as an adult, she SHOULD be punished to full extent.... I'm so tired of people making excuses... a 15yr old knows right from wrong! She was old enough to be w/ a 21yr old and get pregnant, but she doesn't know its not right to kill her PARENTS! Pray hard for her salvation is what needs to be done!

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