Tools

Life without parole for Blainey in Davis Motel murder

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The serial rapist and murderer who strangled a local motel owner to death heard his sentence Thursday in Oneida County Court.

Robert Blainey pleaded guilty in January to the murder of Davis Motel owner Linda Turner, age 68. During his plea proceeding, Blainey detailed using a rope, his hands and even Turner's belt in order to strangle her to death. That was late October.

Pennsylvania State Police caught up with Blainey in early November, driving Turner's car.

Victim Linda Turner's son, her sister and a young co-worker who was like a daughter to her addressed Robert Blainey at his sentencing in Oneida County Court.

"This is a wasted life. This is a wasted life and now my mother has a wasted life. Everything is gone. Everything that she had and worked for, everything she ever would have is gone," said Scott Turner.

"Linda was my boss. She was like my other mother. Lynny would tell everybody that I was the daughter that she never had," said Elizabeth Hungerford, who worked alongside Turner for the past 10 years.

Blainey's attorney offered some possible insight as to what could make a person do what Blainey did.

"Robert apparently through his adoptive parents was basically used worse than most farm animals were," said attorney Leland McCormac.

Prosecutor and Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara did not dispute the allegations of abuse and responded by saying that because of that, Blainey should have known better.

"If those things are really true, then why would Mr. Blainey , having been a victim of violence, want to pass that on instead of knowing what it feels like to be a victim, he chose to turn in and victimize other people," said McNamara.

Oneida County Court Judge Barry Donalty called Blainey "the personification of evil" before sentencing him to life in prison without parole.

McCormac said he would file a notice of appeal in order to preserve Blainey's rights.

What's On