Woman Who Claims She's a Vampire Pleads No Contest

By: Kavontae Smalls Email
By: Kavontae Smalls Email

Panama City -- Stephanie Pistey stood before Judge James Fensom Friday morning to enter a plea of no contest for her involvement in the murder of Jacob Hendershot, 16.

“The court accepts your plea as freely and voluntarily given, you are adjudicated guilty of accessory after the fact to second degree murder” said Judge James Fensom, Circuit Judge.

Last July, Pistey alleged that Hendershot raped her. Those claims which proved to be unfounded, is what led to William Chase and Joel Milsap beating and stabbing Hendershot to death. In the weeks following the murder, Pistey helped clean up and cover-up the crime scene.

"She has admitted to helping clean up the blood that was in the home where Jacob Hendershot was killed, that when she saw this blood she thought it was cool and at one time considered playing in the blood" said Larry Basford, Assistant State Attorney.

Pistey recently returned from a state mental hospital after growing concerns over whether or not she was competent to stand trial. In a jail house interview last September, Pistey claimed she was a vampire.

“I know this is going to be crazy, but I believe I’m a vampire” said Pistey, September 2011.

Late last year, Judge Fensom ruled she was mentally incompetent to stand trial and committed her to the state hospital in Chattahoochee for more evaluation and treatment. In January she returned and was declared competent. Fensom made a point of getting Pistey’s mental state on-record in the trial transcript.

“Are you clear headed today?” said Fensom.
“Yes Sir” said Pistey.

Hendershot’s birth mother, Nancy Robinson also testified Pistey antagonized her in the month leading up to the discovery of her son’s body.

“For a month she put me through anguish and she would stroll by my house asking me if I had seen or heard from Jacob” said Nancy Robinson, Hendershot’s mother.

After hearing Robinson’s sorrows, Pistey apologized.

“I would just like to apologize to Ms. Hendershot for her son’s death, it was very wrong, and I’m sorry” said Stephanie Pistey, Defendant.

After declaring her guilty, Judge Fensom sentenced Pistey to 12 years in prison, followed by 3 years probation.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Panama City on Mar 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
    She should have gotten more time. The "LIE" she told has cost one person their life and has destroyed so many others. So many families have suffered for a "LIE". My prayers go out to all of the families involved including hers. Sad that someone telling a "LIE" can cause so much hurt and pain for so many.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
    At least she apologized to Jacobs' mother. I think its more than the others have done. Still believe she started the whole thing and should have gotten more time to think about what she has done. Whats with the short hair, has she jumped the fence and gone butch now?
  • by Clancy Location: Florida on Mar 16, 2012 at 05:52 PM
    I hope time will go so slow while she's in prison.Everytime she closes her eyes I hope she sees that poor boy she lied on causing her idiots for friends to kill him. I wonder if she's got over that silly mess about being a vampire.I think she just said that to try to get out of trouble.
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