Kingsport Times-News from Kingsport, Tennessee on October 9, 1987 · 24
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Kingsport Times-News from Kingsport, Tennessee · 24

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Friday, October 9, 1987
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8C Kingsport Times-News Friday October 9 1987 ' ' t i ''I Heiress gets 90-year term in death of parents By MARY ELLIN ARCH United Press International BEDFORD Va — A Bedford County judge Thursday sentenced heiress Elizabeth Haysom an honor student who had fantasized the deaths of her affluent parents to 90 years in prison for her role in the knife-slayings of the couple Circuit Judge William Sweeney who acknowledged that the case had caused him some sleepless nights sentenced Haysom to 45 years on each of two charges of being an accessory' before the fact to first-degree murder Haysom 23 had pleaded guilty to the charges at the opening of her trial in August The sentences are to be served consecutively at the Women’s State Prison in Goochland where Sweeney told Haysom she could get counseling if needed A psychiatrist testified Wednesday that Haysom suffers from a borderline personality United Press International Commonwealth’s Attorney James Updike shows letters to Elizabeth Haysom as she testifies at ther sentencing hearing disorder that interferes with her Jens Soering whom both ability to act independently and Haysom and prosecutors accuse led to her relationship with co- of butchering Derek and Nancy defendant and former boyfiend Haysom in March 1985 The 90-year term is less than promising career” 1 the two life terms Common- He cited three mitigating wealth’s Attorney James factors that affected his sen-Updike had sought fencing decision — that Haysom “The court has ruled we’ll was not charged with physically just leave it with the court” killing her parents that she Updike said - waived extradition from Britain Haysom’s two court-appoint- and pleaded guilty against her ed lawyers were not immedi- lawyers’ advice and the mixed ately available for comment feelings of her siblings about In his sentencing statement the proper period of incarcer-which concluded a 1'h day hear- ation ing Sweeney took note of testi- Two of Haysom’s half-broth-mony from defense witnesses ers testified they thought she about Haysom’s privileged yet should receive the stiffest pen-turbulent background which in- alty possible while another si-cluded a childhood separated bling asked for leniency from her parents at European Neither Haysom who stared boarding schools and a long his- straight ahead as she was tory of serious drug abuse escorted from the courthouse “This evidence at best nor her brother Howard would helps to explain but does not comment on the sentence excuse” Sweeney said “Pun- Haysom’s parents — Derek ishment must fit the crime not 72 a retired executive of a Ca-the defendant’s background” nadian steel company and Nan-He said there were two Eliz- cy 53 a Lynchburg socialite abeth Haysoms — one he de- with ties to the British aristoc-scribed as “a liar a cheat a racy — were found slashed to manipulator and a drug abus- death in their posh home in the er” for whom he had no sympa- Lynchburg suburb of Boonsboro thy and a reformed individual in April 1985 who “has probably wasted a ' Prosecutors have charged Soering 20 a West German national and son of a diplomat at a consulate in Detroit with capital murder which carries a possible death sentence Soering is in a London jail awaiting a hearing date after appealing an extradition order handed down by a magistrate in June Haysom and Soering who were upset by the parents’ disapproval of their relationship were arrested in Britain on check-fraud charges last year after jet-setting across Europe in the months after the slayings Haysom testified that she stayed with Soering because of her obsessive love for him and turned against him when she saw graphic pictures of her parents’ mutilated bodies Soering’s return to Virginia where he and Haysom had been honor students at the University of Virginia has been clouded by an extradition treaty that gives Britain the right to extract a promise from the United States that Soering will not be given the death penalty if convicted Norris says raze Turney Center PHIL SERAFINO United Press International NASHVILLE — The most cost-effective way to achieve court-ordered improvements at Turney Center is to raze current housing and replace it with new buildings state Correction Commissioner Steve Norris said Thursday Norris and Billy Stair of Gov Ned McWherter’s office presented a plan to the state Building Commission and said only three alternatives exist to meet a court order to improve housing at the Only prison Renovating the buildings would save the state about $7S million in construction costs Stair said but the savings would be negated by continued high operating costs Mixing renovation and new construction would save about $31 million but still would not reduce operating costs “You have to look past the bricks and mortar to what it would cost to staff the renovated facility” Stair said noting that Turney which houses maximum- and medium-security inmates is a “poorly designed labor-intensive” prison The facility is expensive to run because it was constructed to hold youthful first offenders he said and there are numerous blind corners and narrow hallways which increase the danger to guards “It is a very difficult working environment for correction officers” Norris said He said the only guard death in Tennessee prisons during the last 10 years occurred at Turney because of the blind corners “By reconstructing the housing units we think we can save at least $12 million a year in operating costs versus any of the other alternatives and current costs” Norris said The new housing at Turney would cost about $21 million and save the state about $27 million in construction costs But Stair said operating savings are more important because they are annual savings He and Norris emphasized that both the operating and construction savings are conservative estimates Tennessee’s prison system has been under federal court supervision since a US District judge found in favor of prisoners alleging unconstitutional conditions The new housing would hold 608 inmates if they were all in single cells anl 864 inmates with half of the cells housed two inmates Norris said Whether inmates can be double-celled still must be worked out with the court he said and he declined to predict if it would be allowed Lt Gov John Wilder commission chairman approved of the plan but warned Norris about court-enforced single-celling “You all have done real good I hope we won’t be pressured into something against our will” he said “It’s my contention and the desire of the governor that our options be open” FRI 7:00 9:15 FATAL ATTRACTION SAT & SUN 2:30 4:45 7:00 9:15 FRI 7:00 9:15 FRI 7:00 9:15 BIG SHOTS SAT & SUN 2:30 4:45 7:00 9:15 FRI 7:00 9:15 Finished? 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