A antheral accused of superior execution successful the 2019 decease of a assemblage pupil helium occasionally dated pleaded blameworthy Friday to a lesser complaint that took the decease punishment disconnected the table.
Brandon Theesfeld, 24, of Fort Worth, entered the plea to first-degree execution earlier Lafayette County Circuit Judge Kelly Luther, aggregate quality outlets reported.
"We were facing the decease penalty," defence lawyer Tony Farese said. "Based connected the facts of this case, we were capable to get the champion effect possible, which was a simplification of a complaint to first-degree murder."
Under the plea agreement, Theesfeld has a accidental of state erstwhile helium turns 65 nether a conditional merchandise provision, Farese said.
Theesfeld was arrested July 24, 2019, for the slaying of Ally Kostial, 21, of St. Louis. Both were students astatine the University of Mississippi and had dated occasionally, authorities person said.
News outlets study Kostial believed she was large earlier her decease and Theesfeld's substance messages suggested helium wanted her to person an termination and met her 4 days earlier her assemblage was recovered during a regular patrol by Lafayette County Sheriff's Department deputies. A preliminary autopsy study said she died of aggregate gunshot wounds.
Theesfeld besides posted connected societal media astir having a weapon earlier Kostial's death.
Asked during the proceeding if helium killed Kostial, Theesfeld replied, "Yes sir." He past apologized to Kostial's family.
The authoritative successful the lawsuit work statements from the victim's household sharing however her nonaccomplishment changed their lives.
Luther past accepted the blameworthy plea and sentenced Theesfeld to beingness successful prison.
"It's a precise bittersweet time for some families," Farese said.