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Potter women to serve two concurrent life sentences; Curd pleads guilty, gets 25 years with possibility of parole in 7.5

By Lacy Hilliard
Barbara Mae (64) and Jenelle Leigh (35) Potter, both convicted on two counts of murder in the first degree in the connection with the tragic deaths of Billie Jean Hayworth (23) and Billy Clay Payne (36), were back in court again on Tuesday, July 7. In addition to the Potter women, Jamie Lynn Curd, Jenelle Potter’s former boyfriend, also appeared in court. Curd, who was also charged in connection to the murders of Hayworth and Payne, accepted a plea deal in exchange for his testimony and a guilty plea to the lesser charge of facilitation of first-degree murder.
Both Barbara and Jenelle Potter were previously handed two life sentences (one for each victim) by Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, however, the sentencing hearing held on July 7 was to determine whether or not they will serve their sentences consecutively or concurrently. Judge Blackwood ruled that the women will serve their sentences concurrently, which means they will be eligible for parole after serving 50 years. Barbara would be 114 years old, which essentially guarantees she will never be released from prison. Jenelle will be 85 years old when she is eligible for parole. Barbara Potter has already issued a statement saying she plans to appeal the ruling.
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