Blanton was convicted earlier this month after a jury trial. His defense asked the jury to find him not guilty, saying that his client suffered from PTSD and other mental disorders that caused him to black out in the moments he pulled the trigger.
The defense told the jury that Blanton has intermittent explosive disorder and, while in the military, Blanton developed training to react to certain types of threats. He said that Blanton was struck during the argument and his instincts kicked in.
Prosecutors countered that argument by calling Blanton’s actions despicable and saying that Blanton was looking for excuses to avoid punishment. They said that Blanton shot Connally even after she fell to the ground.
During the sentencing, Connally’s father spoke to both Montgomery County Judge Mary Wiseman and Blanton. He told the court that his daughter lives on in his grandson. He held up an urn and a photo of his daughter.
“This is what you took,” he told Blanton.
Blanton also spoke during the hearing and apologized.
“It’s a bad situation,” he said. “Our son, he lost his mom and is losing his dad. I truly apologize.”