Hyatte Gets Life Without Parole

By: Stephen McLamb
By: Stephen McLamb

Kingston, Roane County (WVLT) In a plea deal, the life of a woman charged with killing a state corrections officer in Roane County will be spared.

Volunteer TV's Stephen McLamb was in the courtroom and has the latest.

A sobbing Jennifer Hyatte apologized to all the victims' families.

Even her own, as she now heads to spend the rest of her days behind bars.

Jennifer Hyatte entered a plea of guilty in the murder of Wayne Cotton Morgan and the attempted murder of Larry Harris as she helped her husband escape in 2005.

Prosecutors laid out the case saying the pair carefully planned out the escape for weeks.

Harris's wife Dean testified, questioning Hyatte, "was the cost of freedom worth it? Today, 2 years, a month, and a week later, I cannot get my mind around that. For 36 hours to be with George you murdered and attempted murder."

As part of the plea deal, Hyatte has agreed to testify against her husband George.

Morgan's widow did not testify in public but the judge allowed her a 10 minute conversation with Hyatte behind closed doors.

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