Cornett Wants Plea Set Aside
Saturday, September 8, 2001
by Associated Press
(Greeneville-AP) -- The alleged leader of a group who pleaded guilty to killing three members of a Knoxville family wants her plea set aside.
Natasha Wallen Cornett claims her plea in the 1998 shooting deaths of Vidar and Delfina Lillelid and their six-year-old daughter was improperly obtained.
She is serving a life sentence without parole, along with five co-defendants.
Cornett, 19 at the time of the killings, said she had ineffective counsel and suffered a psychological breakdown before pleading guilty.
The Lillelids were taken hostage from an Interstate 81 rest area in Greene County, gunned down and left for dead.