Woman serving 45 years for killing father, stepmother petitions for relief

Published: Jun. 8, 2018 at 9:22 PM EDT
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A woman convicted of killing her father and stepmother in 2007 is now petitioning to have her prison sentence reduced.

Amanda Dawn McGhee, now 26, was only 15 years old when she plotted 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.

McGhee was sentenced in 2009 to 20 years for the death of her father, and 25 years for the death of her stepmother. She's serving the two sentences consecutively, for a total of 45 years in prison.

She is petitioning for relief from conviction, and her case is set to be heard Nov. 9.